The Great Horned Owl (Bubo virginianus) is a top-level predator found in a wide array of habitats in North, Central, and South America. It is the nocturnal counterpart of the similarly widespread and familiar Red-tailed Hawk (Buteo jamaicensis), with which it often competes for resources, including nesting sites. I took this photograph in March 2010, after coming down from a lift from which I viewed the inside of the owl’s nest, which was in a tree-shaped cell phone tower in the Mojave Desert in San Bernardino County. The snow-capped San Gabriel Mountains are visible in the background.

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