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    Default Portrait of a grouse killer!

    While out roading my dogs this Great Horned Owl came up off the ground and flew up into a nearby cottonwood. I suspect he'd had his big yellow eyes on a brood of ruffed grouse that frequent the area. Spent an hour or so photographing this gorgeous predator of the highest order. Thougt I'd share a couple of the hundred or so images I created. I really need to photograph a Goshawk, but these grouse eaters have not offered me even one opportunity. Someday, perhaps?







    Hope you enjoy them!

    Jim

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    Those are some nice pics, if we all weren't so busy trying to kill grouse ourselves we would have no reason to apply such a negative label to this poor feathered creature. They are great pics though, and I don't care for owls as much as I let on, they are grouse killers after all.

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    Great Pictures Jim! I saw a really small owl the other night. I was soooooo close to it, but of course no camera. It was pretty dang small. I saw it from a distance on a trail by my house. I was wheeling down the trail, and spotted a bird in a small puddle in the middle of the trail (the trail has very tight over hanging trees, almost not passable). It was late evening, maybe around 10pm. I thought that it was a young grouse at first, but as I got closer, I noticed the coloring and body shape was wrong. I couldn't tell exactly what it was, as it flew into the surrounding brush. I continued down the trail, and as I passed the area I had last saw it, I noticed a movement out of the corner of my eye. I stopped looked up, and about 8 feet above (and to the left) of me sat perched a beautiful little owl! Very cool experience! Again great pics!

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    They may be grouse killers, but they get their comeupance from crows!
    I had a large owl perch on the top of a very spindly spruce last fall. He made the whole tree bow over. And then the crows came and gave him h@ll! They heckled and hassled him for about 1/2 hour, until he took off and then they followed him. Maybe the grouse were cheering the crows from their hiding places.

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    Those are some great pictures, I love watching owls do their business.

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