This past week I was called in to take an injured Great Horned Owl to a Wildlife Rehabilitator. I wasn't sure what to expect when I arrived on the scene. Sick or injured wildlife are not always easy to help. Birds in particular may be just well enough to be able to stay out of reach. That was not the case with this owl. Other than hissing at me, he protested little about being scooped up and placed in a box. Still, his head was up and he was alert and the whole time his intense yellow eyes were fixed on me.
|Right before being captured, he looked a bit sleepy|
|Perhaps an unexpected passenger for the pet taxi|
|After he was released he flew into the woods and plunked down into the snow|
|To look as large and as threatening as possible, the owl arched his wings over his back|
|In full threat display mode, he rocked from side to side while bobbing his head|
|Displaying for my benefit, he hardly noticed the small birds that were scolding him|