Great Horned Owl

British Columbia, Canada

The Great Horned Owl ( Bubo virginianus ) is a powerful predator that can take down birds and mammals even larger than itself. When I took this photo I realized that they're rarely seen because they are nocturnal and due to their excellent camouflage. The colour of its feathers allowed it to blend in perfectly with the bark on the tree and the branch where it was perched. 

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