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The Great Horned Owl, is native to the whole of North, Central and South America. They hunt at night by perching in wait on a high branch, and swooping down on their victim. Their prey is varied, but is often small mammals such as hares and rabbits, rats, squirrels , mice and moles, voles, shrews, bats and weasels, and even other birds.
These birds do have some natural predators including Red Foxes, Coyotes and cats, which may catch and eat their young and eggs, but there are hardly any animals which prey upon the adult birds, other than other Great Horned Owls and occasionally Eagles and Snowy Owls.
The subject of the picture was following a plane passing way over our heads and got in alert position.
Shot from workshop organized by Raymond Barlow at the Mountsberg Raptor Center. Located about 1 hrs west of Toronto, the Center is a place where they rehabilitate, breed, train injured raptors.
Raymond's workshops are definitely a great experience for anyone, pro and non, that would like to spend few hrs learning about wildlife photography .. and why not, getting to know better this amazing creatures. Raymond's work can be see here.