After a long night out hunting and with the sun coming up over the horizon, this owl was ready for its morning nap. A couple weeks ago I posted a picture of this same owl in almost the exact same position but with snow covering the tree.
This image, taken just a few days later, shows much drier conditions. It does a good job highlighting just how well camouflaged these raptors are with their plumage so closely matching the tree.
Great Horned Owls have started to settle down on nests in the area. Unfortunately most of the nests I watched last year were either destroyed by the winter weather or remain unoccupied.
If anyone knows of any in the north Denver metro area, please let me know. I am need of finding some new ones to observe in the coming months.