Owl-watching in Terra Nova again...

The majority of today's outing was to simply observing the Great Horned Owl (Bubo virginianus) in Terra Nova. There's nothing more rewarding in this world than having this magnificent wild bird (a very top predator, not to mention) allowing you to look at it, and it doing what a wild animal should do right in front of you (or above you, in this case). I feel extremely privileged.

Great Horned Owl (Bubo virginianus)
Sleeping - as it should since it's a crepuscular predator (i.e. it hunts at dusk and dawn).

Great Horned Owl (Bubo virginianus)
Peeking. The crows woke it up (shifting the blame to the annoying crows), but it is quite possible that the humans staring and photographing it from below can attribute to that too.

Great Horned Owl (Bubo virginianus)
Quite fully awake now.

Great Horned Owl (Bubo virginianus)
Giving itself a good scratching and grooming.

Great Horned Owl (Bubo virginianus)
Pure satisfaction.

Great Horned Owl (Bubo virginianus)
Looks like it is yawning, but it was actually trying to regurgitate - as something solid came out of its mouth a few seconds later.

Other worthy birding pictures to share.

Immature Bald Eagle flying by.

Killdeer nesting.

Yellow-rumped Warbler (Dendroica coronata)
Yellow-rumped Warbler flying around unpredictably. This is the Audubon's race - as identified by its yellow throat. Pretty bird.

A Spotted Towhee singing for a potential mate.


Wanderin' Weeta said...

Hey! We got photos of the yellow-rumped warbler today, too! In the same trees, I bet.

It was the first time we'd seen one, so we are happy.

Chris said...

A nice set of pictures. I love the owl serie, it is a very funny one!

Cicero Sings said...

Oh, you got some very good owl pictures!

Tarolino said...

I feel priviledged of being able to see this magnificent owl so close with all its details in this blog. If I could get such photos of one I would probably pee in my pants out of excitement (if you excuse the expression).
The warbler too is lovely.

Anonymous said...

Great owl shots! Is the tree near the ponds?

PSYL said...

What a coincidence, WW! Were you guys at Terra Nova on Tuesday as well? Yep, there were quite a few Yellow-rumped Warblers that day.

Chris, CS - Thank you both. I felt very lucky to capture the moment.

Tarolino - I might not pee out of excitement, but when I always hold my breathe when I spotted something unique. Need to remember to breath (or in your case, pee before you go out).

Anon - The tree was not near the pond, it was near the community garden. There are a few Douglas Fir trees behind the red building, and the owl was spotted on them.

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