Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Great Horned Owl at San Luis National Wildlife Refuge

I think owls are my favorite group of birds.  I think.  (There are so many birds to choose from, after all!)  On a rainy day birding over the weekend, I was excited to spot this Great Horned Owl (Bubo virginianus) roosting in a willow at San Luis National Wildlife Refuge. 

For me, there is something extra-special about seeing an owl in the wild.  Something in those eyes, the way they gaze so intently directly at you.  They really do inspire awe, and I can understand why owls are so often touted as being wise.  Can't you see the wild wisdom of the ages in this sage owl's expression?

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