We were strolling through New York’s Central Park at dusk, just after Thanksgiving, when we spotted this group of people below who appeared to be looking skyward at something through telescopes.But when my husband approached them, he discovered they were peering through long camera lenses and binoculars at a Great Horned Owl way up high in a tree! (What an inopportune moment to be out without my camera!)Several folks let us take a look through their equipment, though the Owl was very hard to see – and nearly impossible to photograph with my iPhone camera! My daughter highlighted it in my photo above ; -)
Apparently, the Great Horned Owl had been appearing in this same tree for the past week or two, and was known to take off every evening at about 5 pm.More and more little groups of onlookers gathered to catch a glimpse of this majestic creature. To see a close-up video of what he would have looked like if only I had a powerful lens, be sure to click on this link at All About Birds.
Great Horned Owls, with a wing span of over 4 1/2 feet, are aggressive and powerful hunters, and fiercely protective parents. They are found throughout North America, but this sighting was a first for me!
Please check out the episodes at Bird Note to learn more about Great Horned Owls!
Owl photos for this post: Wikipedia and Audubon.org.