Great Horned Owl perched in a cottonwood, Pancho Villa State Park, Columbus NM, May 8, 2013

Collections / Birds / Great Horned Owls

In my travels about the New Mexico State Parks system I’ve been introduced to a few Great Horned Owl families that make their home in the parks. I’ve found getting interesting pictures of these birds to be quite a challenge. At night, of course, they are off hunting and during the day they are resting at their pretty well concealed roosts. Now and then they will be out and about during the day and that is the time to catch them. Now and then.

Owls at Caballo Lake State Park, Caballo NM

The pair of Great Horned Owls living at Caballo Lake State Park have been nesting in the cliffs across the Rio Grande from the far south end of the Riverside Campground. The nest site is mostly in the shade and the birds have seldom been coming over into the park which frustrates this eager photographer.

Owls at City of Rocks State Park, Faywood NM

A pair of Great Horned Owls have been nesting in a couple of different holes in the rock formations at City of Rocks State Park in recent years. Their choice day roosts and nest sites are located such that photographing them is a bit of a challenge.

Owls at Pancho Villa State Park, Columbus NM

A pair of Great Horned Owls have been roosting and nesting at Pancho Villa State Park in Columbus NM the past few years and have given visitors an opportunity to photograph them going about their daily lives. What a hoot it has been!

Spring 2013

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