Friday, June 15, 2012

Great Horned Owl

For the past several weeks my husband and I have been traveling, mostly in Yellowstone National Park.  I had lots of opportunity to watch nature, photograph and sketch; but no time to fuss with posting.  
This great horned owl on her nest was drawn with the help of my spotting scope.  For the past several years we check out this nest site as soon as we arrive in Yellowstone in mid April.  The nest was probably built by a red-tailed hawk and some years is occupied by a red-tailed hawk.  Great horned owls don’t build their own nests.  They are early nesters and often take over a nest built by another bird in an earlier year.  Sometimes they nest on rock ledges; sometimes in open cavities.  I’ve even seen one squeezed into a woodduck box that had lost its roof.
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  1. Lovely painting and I learned something about owls today. Thanks!

  2. What a lovely illustration and how fortunate you are to be surrounded by such beauty in nature :) Thanks for visiting my blog!

  3. Awesome sketch and information, Elva! What a fantastic opportunity to view a Great-horned Owl nesting!

  4. Beautiful sketch Elva, and such a blessing that you can see them every year!

  5. Love the sketch and the information Elva. Well done.


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