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Great Horned Owl under attack
Spring 2009

Great Horned Owl under attack

Ottawa, Ontario. Canada.

This female Great Horned Owl was persistenly dive-bombed by several crows. Here the owl ducks slightly to avoid the crow from behind. In between the avoidance manouevers, the owl was snapping at the crows with its beak. I was able to observe this from very close up. This image is about 90% full-frame from top to bottom but was taken in landscape mode and cropped on sides.

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golfpic04-May-2009 02:35
Thanks William. Was wishing I had stepped a little further back and shot more continuously as I missed a couple of shots where the crow appeared to have made contact with the owl. After that swoop, the owl thought it was a little too close for comfort and took off for another perch.