The Great Horned Owl watching the alps mountains for prey

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Great Horned Owls have adapted to many different places and climates. They occur in dense forests and high in the mountains. Great Horned Owls can vary in colour from a reddish brown to a grey or black and white. The underside is a light grey with dark bars and a white band of feathers on the upper breast. They have large, staring yellow eyes. The name is derived from tufts of feathers that appear to be horns which are sometimes referred to as ear tufts but have nothing to do with hearing at all. The large feet are feathered to the ends of the toes, and the immature birds resemble the adults. Females are 10 to 20% larger than males. Wingspan 91-152cm. Great Horned Owls have a large repertoire of sounds, ranging from deep booming hoots to shrill shrieks. The male's resonant territorial call oo-hoo hoooooo hoo-hoo can be heard over several miles during a still night. Great Horned Owls hunt by perching on snags and poles and watching for prey, or by gliding slowly above the ground. From high perches they dive down to the ground with wings folded, before snatching prey. Prey are usually killed instantly when grasped by its large talons. They also hunt by walking on the ground to capture small prey or wading into water to snatch frogs and fish. They have been known to walk into chicken coops to take domestic fowl. Rodents and small rabbits can be swallowed whole while larger prey are carried off and ripped apart at feeding perches or at the nest. Birds are often plucked first, and legs and wing tips discarded. An extremely wide range of prey species are captured, but rabbits and hares are its preferred prey. Mammalian prey includes all coexisting rodents, squirrels, mink, skunks, raccoons, armadillos, porcupines, shrews, moles, muskrats, and bats. They may sometimes take small domestic dogs and cats. Bird prey includes all other Owls (except Snowy Owl), grouse, woodpeckers, crows, turkeys, pigeons, Red-tailed Hawks, bitterns, Great Blue Heron, ducks, swans, gulls, etc. Reptiles include snakes, turtles, lizards, and young alligators. Amphibians include frogs, toads, and salamanders. Other foods include fish, large insects, scorpions, centipedes, crayfish, worms, spiders, and road killed animals. A Great Horned Owl is powerful enough to take prey 2 to 3 times heavier than itself.


Activity of the Great Horned Owl generally begins at dusk. Here at the Hochalm Bird-of-Prey Station in the National park Hohe Tauern these birds of prey can be up close and personal! An exciting experience in the Rauris Valley - Austria.


De Canadese oehoe is een van de 23 ondersoorten van de Amerikaanse oehoe. Het vrouwtje is een stuk groter dan het mannetje, dat scheelt wel 10 cm. Het vrouwtje vooral dus is een flinke uil, zij is rond de 58 cm groot en de spanwijdte van de vleugels kan wel anderhalve meter bedragen. Canadese oehoe's leven in het noorden van de Verenigde staten en in Canada in en rond bossen, soms tot op grote hoogtes. Gemengd bos biedt hen slaap- en schuilplaatsen en jagen doen ze meestal boven open terrein. Zittend vanaf een boomtak wordt er naar de grond gevlogen. Ze maken een vlucht over het jachtgebied en spieden hierbij rond. Vanuit de lucht laten ze zich als een pijl uit de boog afschieten naar de grond. Ze jagen op muizen, konijnen, kikkers, insecten, vogels en andere onge-wervelden. Deze reuzen zijn echte vleeseters en daarin zijn ze bepaald niet kieskeurig. Alles wat ze te pakken kunnen krijgen. Zelf kraaien zijn niet veilig voor ze.Ze jagen geruisloos vliegend vanuit de lucht, met stootvluchten vanaf een uitkijkpunt, maar ook lopend over de grond. In Amerika worden ze wel de tijgers van de lucht genoemd, vanwege hun onverschrokkenheid en hun effectiviteit bij de jacht. Ze vallen net zo makkelijk een forse eekhoorn aan als een rups of libel. Heel soms lopen ze over de grond of lopen ze in het water op zoek naar hun prooi. Een kleine prooi wordt in één keer doorgeslikt, een grotere prooi wordt eerst in stukken gescheurd. Tijdens de baltstijd lopen zowel het mannetje als het vrouwtje met afhangende vleugels en beiden buigen voor elkaar, terwijl ze ondertussen flink schreeuwen. De Oehoe graaft zijn nest meestal in de grond. Soms worden oude nesten van roofvogels gebruikt. De uilskuikens vliegen goed vanaf een week of tien. De ouderzorg gaat door totdat de uilskuikens ongeveer vijf maanden zijn. Tijdens de roofvogelshow Hochalm kunnen we de anders zo schuwe uilen van dichtbij in de Coulisse van het Nationalpark Hohe Tauern bewonderen.

  • eakoscinska 3y

    THis is more than superb! That expression! Excellent, truly excellent!
  • Angie 3y

    Now, this is so COOL! Look at those eyes! Love how you captured that reflection! What a beautiful OWL. I also appreciate all the information you add! Funny how I did a search for "alligators" and you popped up, too? Glad you did!! Great work and very educational. angie, from FL

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    Hahah that owl is awesome!
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    beautiful shot!
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