16th Annual Smithsonian Magazine Photo Contest Natural World
The Great horned owl

We found this young great horned owl watching us intently as we were passing by. On a birding trip driving through a recreational area near the Mississippi River in NW Illinois we had a lucky daytime sighting of the owl perched about eye level in the pine trees.

Photo Detail
Date Taken: 04.2018
Date Uploaded: 10.2018
Photo Location: Thomson, Illinois, United States of America
Camera: Canon EOS 7D Mark II
Copyright: © Ryan Eckstein