Great Horned Owl

Great Horned Owl

Unlike most owls, the Great Horned Owl does come out during daylight hours.  This guy sat on that branch for something like 40 minutes while cars stopped along the roadside in Yellowstone to take a look and capture a few images.  The road followed the river far below along a ridge line in the mountains.  Although the owl and I were about level height, I was standing by the road and the owl was high in the tree about 50 yards away next to the river.

Juvenile Great Horned Owl

Juvenile Great Horned Owl

Juvenile Great Horned Owl  Most years, along the Fox River, between Batavia and Geneva, a pair of Great Horned Owls come to have their young.  The juveniles certainly look nothing like their parents.  At first glance, it seems hard to believe how different they are.  But, it isn’t long before the juveniles grow to become large like their parents.  This guy has not yet lost his youthful feathers.

Juvenile Great Horned Owl

4/30/2013 Juvenile Great Horned Owl

Juvenile Great Horned Owl  Today was the first day this year above 80 degrees in the Fox River Valley.  So, a walkabout by the Fox River seemed like a good idea.  The Villa preserve lies between Geneva and Batavia along the river.  Along with a Japanese garden and a walkway to a river island, at the moment, it features Great Horned Owls; mom, dad, and baby.  Well, the baby is growing quickly so now it’s a juvenile.  Even on a weekday, it attracts attention so it’s perched high in the trees with mom nearby and a 30mph wind to manage.

This image was captured handheld.  With a 810mm effective focal length, it held its own shooting along side heavy duty 400mm and 600mm f2.8 lenses on tripods used by other photogs.  Was this image better than theirs?  No, of course not; their images are probably technically better.  Still, it’s not a bad image.