It is very rare to get an action shot of a great horned owl (or at least it is for me). Typically, if they are going to take off, they are going to do it in the most uncooperative fashion, directly away from you.
This owl, however, gave me some nice shots. It was being pestered by some blue jays that didn’t appreciate its presence and it had flown to a spot rather out in the open to escape its tormentors. With the jays dive-bombing it, it didn’t take long before it needed a better hiding place and launched giving me this capture.
You don’t normally think of owls as having long legs but this shows you that they can indeed stretch out and those talons, wow!