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Feeling A Little Grumpy Are We?

Barbara McMahon

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Detroit, M. - United States

Great Horned Owls! Lovely.

Barbara McMahon replied:

Thank you Jenny for your kind comment!

Castrop-Rauxel, NR - Germany

Fantastic capture and title Barbara, congrats on all the well deserved features :-) (F/L)

Barbara McMahon replied:

Thank you so much Christiane for your lovely comment and support!

Binghamton, NY - United States

Wonderful capture!

Barbara McMahon replied:

Thank you very much Kathy!

Wroxall, Is - United Kingdom

Really lovely capture!!

Barbara McMahon replied:

Thank you very much Annabelle!

Omaha, NE - United States

Congratulations on the first place win in Funny Animal Photos. The capture is very nice, the title is icing and really brings out the humor.

Barbara McMahon replied:

Thank you so much Nikolyn! The title just popped into my head as soon as I saw the image! :)

Clarence, NY - United States

Congrats on your contest win v

Barbara McMahon replied:

Thank you Kathleen!

Pianoro, Bo - Italy

Congratulations Barbara on your third place!

Barbara McMahon replied:

Thank you Veronica!

Houston, Te - United States

I love this photo! Very cute image.

Barbara McMahon replied:

Thank you Annika! I'm so pleased you like this image!

Greensboro, NC - United States

Perfect image and perfect title! LF

Barbara McMahon replied:

Christy, Thank you kindly for taking the time to leave such a lovely comment.

Woolwich, NJ - United States

Oh my goodness, I LOVE that "look" on the right ... Great catch and gorgeous details!! fv :)

Barbara McMahon replied:

Thank you Darlene! I adore this comical pair. Their antics were so much fun to watch.

San Lorenzo, CA - United States

LOL...love your title! And aww, what a beautiful capture, Barbara!!! :)))fv

Barbara McMahon replied:

Thank you Laurie for your lovely comment!

Greensboro, NC - United States

I feel like I look like that most mornings! Great capture, great title! v

Barbara McMahon replied:

Thank you very much Christy!

Kamloops, BC - Canada

Excellent capture, they look so soft and touchable! vf

Barbara McMahon replied:

Thank you very much Wendy! Looks can be deceiving! At only 7 weeks they stood about 16 in. tall. Also, those talons and beaks are very sharp! For a moment I thought "Ally" the bigger one was going to pounce on me!

Hamilton, ON - Canada

Thank you Robert Knight for featuring "Feeling A Little Grumpy Are We? in the Photographic Excellence Group! Very much appreciated.

Godwin, NC - United States

Wonderful work Barbara! F/V

Barbara McMahon replied:

Thank you so much Mike!

Milwaukee, WI - United States

Wonderful Capture! v

Barbara McMahon replied:

Thank you very much Nikki!

Meadows Of Dan, VA - United States

Great shot and title! V/F

Barbara McMahon replied:

Thank you very much Diannah!

Etobicoke, ON - Canada

What a great picture! I just love owls and this picture makes me love them more. v/f

Barbara McMahon replied:

Thank you very much Leslie! These two were so adorable and their eyes were amazing!

Sunshine Coast, BC - Canada

Superb image! Wonderful details.

Barbara McMahon replied:

Thank you Peggy! I had so much fun photographing this comical pair!

Wesley, ME - United States

Great capture! Love the expressions in this! v/f

Barbara McMahon replied:

Thank you very much Susan for your kind comment and support!

Cape Coral, FL - United States

Congratulations on your 1st place win in the Bunch of Birds contest. Your photo is incredible and the win is well deserved. Love the title !!

Barbara McMahon replied:

Thank you so much Geraldine! I truly appreciate your kind support! :)

Wynnewood, PA - United States

Great shot, perfect title! ^.^ v

Barbara McMahon replied:

Thank you very much Byron! I enjoyed photographing these chicks so much!

Big Sky, MT - United States

I love owls. Especially grumpy owls.

Barbara McMahon replied:

Thank you Jackson! I think the bigger one was about to pounce on me!

Hemet, CA - United States

Like this image. v

Barbara McMahon replied:

Thank you Glenn!

Carrollton, MO - United States

Nice.. Voted

Barbara McMahon replied:

Thank you so much Rick!

Philadelphia, PA - United States

Perfect Title. Great capture!

Barbara McMahon replied:

Thank you very much Elena!

Holbrook, MA - United States

Nice work - voted

Barbara McMahon replied:

Thank you Alexandra!

Gilbert, AZ - United States

What incredible texture!

Barbara McMahon replied:

Thank you Karyn!

Jacksonville, fl - United States

Saw this wonderful image in the Manufactured Objects group..love it..VF

Barbara McMahon replied:

Thank you very much Sherry!

Springfield, MO - United States

What a great capture! Love reading about them. Just adorable! V

Barbara McMahon replied:

Thank you Lena! Glad you enjoyed the capture and description.

Cleveland, OH - United States

wonderful photo! so very heartwarming ... v .... patricia

Barbara McMahon replied:

Thank you very much Patricia!

Tifton, GA - United States

As an old portrait photographer we used to say "expressions sell portraits". The expression on both these guys is fantastic... what a perfect moment as well as a really well done photo as to color and lighting. Nice "expression"...

Barbara McMahon replied:

Thank you Dave for your very generous comment! Coming from such an awesome photographer such as yourself makes me feel humbled. Thank you.

Kapaa, HI - United States

Wonderful! v

Barbara McMahon replied:

Thank you Mary!

Georgetown, KY - United States

Awesome capture! I love owls.

Barbara McMahon replied:

Thank you very much Alexey!

Tabernacle, NJ - United States

Wonderful capture and comp. What faces!

Barbara McMahon replied:

Thanks so much Glenn for your generous comment!

Columbus, OH - United States

Awesome! v14

Barbara McMahon replied:

Thank you Karen!

Fort Worth, TX - United States

cute! v

Barbara McMahon replied:

Thank you Joan!

Rogersville, MO - United States

I love nature shots, and this one is fantastic! v/f

Barbara McMahon replied:

Thank you Deena!

Brookeville, MD - United States

oh SO cute!!!!!

Barbara McMahon replied:

Thank you Lois! They were so awesome!

Faulconbridge, Ne - Australia

Marvellous work! Sibling rivalry !!V#7MN

Barbara McMahon replied:

Thank you for your lovely comment and support Melissa!

Panama City, FL - United States

Another great one! Would love to hear the story on how you capture these wonderful chicks!

Panama City, FL - United States

I love this one. Love the look the little one is giving the other one! Awesome!

Barbara McMahon replied:

Thank you very much Debra!

Avinger, TX - United States

What a fantastic find! This is just wonderful!

Barbara McMahon replied:

Thank you Charlie and Norma for your enthusiastic comment!

Fort Worth, TX - United States

what a superb capture! v

Barbara McMahon replied:

Thank you kindly Joan!

Richmond Hill, ON - Canada

Well seen and captured. One big and fat, and the other so thin.

Barbara McMahon replied:

Thank you very much Les!

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Feeling A Little Grumpy Are We?

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Barbara McMahon

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This pair of adorable Great Horned Owl chicks are 7 weeks old. They are siblings. It was a wonderful experience to view and photograph this rather comical pair. There are usually 2 eggs per clutch, but clutches range in size from 1 to 6 eggs (over 4 is very rare), depending on environmental conditions. The average egg width is 1.8 in (46.5 mm), the average length is 2.2 in (55.2 mm) and the average weight is 1.8 oz (51 g). The incubation period ranges from 28 to 37 days, averaging 33 days. The female alone does all the incubation and rarely moves from the nest, while the male owl captures food and brings it to her. Brooding is almost continuous until the offspring are about 2 weeks old, after which it decreases; during this time the male feeds both the female and the young. Young owls move onto nearby branches at 6 weeks and start to fly about a week later. However, the young are not usually competent fliers until they are about 10 to 12 weeks old. The offspring have been seen still begging for food in late October (5 months after leaving the nest) and most do not separate from their parents until right before they start to reproduce for the next clutch (usually December). Birds may not breed for another year or two, and are often vagrants ("floaters") until they establish their own territories.
The Great Horned Owl is the heaviest extant owl in Central and South America and is the second heaviest owl in North America, after the closely related but very different looking Snowy Owl (B. scandiacus). It ranges in length from 43-64 cm (17-25 in) and has a wingspan of 91-153 cm (36-60 in). Females are invariably somewhat larger than males. An average adult is around 55 cm (22 in) long with a 124 cm (49 in) wingspan and weighing about 1.4 kg (3.1 lb). Depending on subspecies, the Great Horned Owl can weigh from 0.6 to 2.6 kg (1.3 to 5.7 lb). Among standard measurements, the tail measures 17.5-25 cm (6.9-9.8 in) long, the wing chord measures 31.3-40 cm (12.3-16 in), the tarsal length is 5.4-8 cm (2.1-3.1 in) and the bill is 3.3-5.2 cm (1.3-2.0 in).
There is considerable variation in plumage coloration but not in body shape. This is a heavily built, barrel-shaped species that has a large head and broad wings. Adults have large ear tufts and it is the only very large owl in its range to have them. The facial disc is reddish, brown or gray in color and there is a variable sized white patch on the throat. The iris is yellow, except the amber-eyed South American Great Horned Owl (B. V. nacurutu). Its "horns" are neither ears nor horns, simply tufts of feathers. The underparts are usually light with some brown barring; the upper parts are generally mottled brown. Most subspecies are barred along the sides as well. The legs and feet are covered in feathers up to the talons, with some black skin peaking out from around the talons. The feet and talons are distinctly large and powerful and only other Bubo owls have comparably formidable feet. There are individual and regional variations in color; birds from the subarctic are a washed-out, light-buff color, while those from Central America can be a dark chocolate brown.
Its call is a low-pitched but loud ho-ho-hoo hoo hoo; sometimes it is only four syllables instead of five. The female's call is higher and rises in pitch at the end of the call. Young owls still in the care of their parents make loud, persistent hissing or screeching sounds that are often confused with the calls of the Barn Owl (Tyto alba).
The combination of the species' bulk, prominent ear-tufts and barred plumage distinguishes it through much of the range. However, the Great Horned Owl can be easily confused with the Lesser or Magellanic Horned Owl (B. magellanicus), with which it may have limited overlap in southernmost South America. The Magellanic was once considered a subspecies of the Great Horned, but it is markedly smaller with smaller feet and a smaller head and is generally more lightly barred on the underside. Other eagle-owls may superficially be somewhat similar, but the species is allopatric with the exception of the Magellanic species. In North America, the Long-eared Owl (Asio otus) can be somewhat similarly marked and shares the feature of prominent ear tufts, but it is considerably smaller and more slender, with a grayish line running down the middle of the facial disc and with ear tufts located more closely to each other on the top of the head.

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