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May 21, 2015

Great Horned Owl's horns are really feathers

Photo by Ken Blye
Great Horned Owl
Bubo virginianus
It comes as no surprise that the grand spikes on the Great Horned Owl's head are neither horns or ears.   They are feathers.   However I hadn't really appreciated the grandeur of those feather spikes until I spotted this particular photo, by Ken Blye, of a Great Horned Owl in Florida.   Ken's photo was an entry in 2012 National Geographic Photo Contest.   Great Horned Owls are the heaviest owls in the Americas and also go by the nicknames Tiger Owl and Hoot Owl.
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1 comment:

L J Gardener said...

Has that Craig Oliver look!