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Posted 23rd February 2010, 02:45 PM
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Long Earred Owl vs. the Red-tailed Hawk


The RTH won this time, when this fellow came in he had a puffed out air bubble the size of a grapefruit on his crop/neck from a puncture wound, no doubt from tangling with a RTH over nesting territory. We got all the air out and got the puncture sealed back up. He got his bandages off Sunday night and so far all is looking good, no leaks yet and he should be good to go in a couple weeks. Looks like the spring procession of mayhem is going to start early this year.

NAB :-)

He's in his defense pose, if I got any closer he would have given me a wing-slap like nothing any of my pigeons could do.

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We have a Barking owl out in our woods and it's really cool to see him in real life, but this guy is amzing. Great Pic!!!
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WOW, Nab! He looks like he's feelin' pretty frisky!!

As always, I'm so glad you and Nancy and the Center were able to rescue this beauty!!

And I know he can Wing Fu with the BEST! AND, look at that intent, take no quarter, look in his eyes!

Sending quick healing wishes with love, hugs and scritches (carefully on the latter two, of course!).

FLY SAFE LONG EARRED OWL!

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He is beautiful and that poise and stare from those BIG eyes would make me take a step back.

Thank you for sharing his story and picture with us.



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Great picture and another great save. I'm still waiting for the book you need to write with all the pictures of your great saves and the great job you do. min
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Great shot of a beautiful bird!
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Wow, wow, wow! He certainly presents a most intimidating image!!! I did not know that other birds used wing-fu.
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Wow, wow, wow! He certainly presents a most intimidating image!!! I did not know that other birds used wing-fu.
ROFL Terri!

I think any bird with wings could be a Wing Fu Warrior (Warrioress?).

Naturally, there are those who really - uh - excel ! Mr. Squeaks is such a "Master!"

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i wouldn't worry so much about wing fu with these guys it's those feet!!!
beautiful bird whenever an owl comes into my care i always feel i'm in the presence of greatness defiantly a bird that demands my respect and admiration
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I'll take owls over hawks in my area anyday. Majestic creatures, hope he claims a good breeding area from a cooper haha.
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i wouldn't worry so much about wing fu with these guys it's those feet!!!
beautiful bird whenever an owl comes into my care i always feel i'm in the presence of greatness defiantly a bird that demands my respect and admiration
Y'know what? You are absolutely correct!! SHADES of FREDDY in Nightmare on Elm Street!

Wing Fu AND Slashing Talons! Definitely a force to reckon with!

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What a beautiful picture that is and I have heard that even skunks lose the battle to owls because they can't smell that good but I don't know if that is true with this particular owl---but oh what tools it has---thanks for sharing....c.hert
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i know skunk is a favorite food for great horned owls, that's why you have to be extra careful with them because they can have rabies tainted blood on their talons
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Thats nice to know thanks c.hert
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i know skunk is a favorite food for great horned owls, that's why you have to be extra careful with them because they can have rabies tainted blood on their talons
Ya know, I never would have thought about that!
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