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17th Annual Smithsonian Magazine Photo Contest Natural World
Tree Hugger

A good friend of mine called me the day this owlet fledged. I drove 8 hours & the next morning witnessed him climb 7 trees in total. I literally got to see him use his beak and talons to climb trees and at this point in the photo he stopped to take a break. It almost looks as if he's hugging the tree.

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Date Taken: 04.2018
Date Uploaded: 09.2019
Photo Location: Pennsylvania, United States of America
Copyright: © Heather King