With their little ones fledged and moving out into the big world on their own, my local pair of Great Horned Owls has become much more accessible.
I recently spent a good bit of time with the male and female, each providing some great photo opportunities. In this series of images, the female starts happily perched and keeping watch on her fledglings a few trees away.
She however chose to be pretty visible resulting in blackbirds hassling her. Wisely, she decides to move to a new, more sheltered spot and I was able to grab some great images as she launched into the air. Notice the red-stained feet – she clearly had recently eaten.
Scroll down to view the complete gallery. Taken in Thornton, Colorado, USA.