Great Horned Owl bringing home the bacon

Great Horned Owl with Dove

Pancho Villa State Park, Columbus NM

April 8, 2013

Bringing Home the Bacon

Here's picture of Hoo, father of the family of Great Horned Owls nesting at Pancho Villa State Park down in Columbus NM that have been kind enough to let me and my fellow campers watch them raise a family right there in the park.

What a Hoot!

One morning at first light I set up the camera under the cottonwood tree across from the nest to try to get a few pictures of Hoo and his family at their morning routine. Typically Momma would spend the night on the nest while Hoo went off hunting. Next morning he would show up before sunrise, sometimes with breakfast for the family, and I hoped to catch the action.

Hoo fooled me that morning. He landed on the branch over my head so silently if it hadn't been for the sound of tearing flesh (of the White-winged Dove he’d brought along) I never would have known he was there.

What a hoot!