Verreaux's Eagle Owl
heard it first near bridal veil falls parking lot, saw it off mt. bike trail
The owl is on the right camouflaged against the cliff, and there are two unhappy Scrub Jays on the left.
We first spotted a juvenile who briefly flew from rock to rock and finally disappeared (second pic). It always remained distant and partially hidden when on the ground.
So we searched for the adults and found one in plain sight, which could be better approached and did not show any sign of reaction to our presence.
Time about 3.30 pm, temperature ca 30°C.
Special guest: Franck Chevalier.
The male was in a tree nearby the nest. Have seen some beautiful pictures of them coming out of the hole in the tree where they have their nest by people who said they waited for three to four hours to get them. Glad one was outside this day.
Owls are a group of birds that belong to the order Strigiformes, constituting 200 extant bird of prey species. Most are solitary and nocturnal, with some exceptions (e.g., the Northern Hawk Owl). Owls hunt mostly small mammals, insects, and other birds, although a few species specialize in hunting fish. They are found in all regions of the Earth except Antarctica, most of Greenland, and some remote islands. Owls are characterized by their small beaks and wide...