Great Horned Owls Calling

It seemed like today was going to be one of those days.  The local birding scene has been nothing short of amazing recently.  The current attraction is an incredibly rare (as in no previous records) for the area, Black Vulture.  Amazingly, I haven’t seen it yet.  I say “amazing” because it was roosting within walking distance last night.  I managed to get to the roost site too late last night and missed it taking off by a measly 15 minutes this morning.

Thankfully, the day turned around just as the sun was setting.  Fellow photographer Bo Criss posted some nice Great Horned Owl images from yesterday and suggested I look for the owl too.  Not only did I find one owl, but I found two and could have tracked down a third that was also calling.  It was an aural treat to hear the trio calling back and forth.

“Great Horned Owl Listening”  –  Ellwood Preserve, Goleta, CA

“Great Horned Owl Watching”

“Great Horned Owl Calling”

“Second Great Horned Owl”

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