Pagman wrote in post #18569406
Thank you for explaining all that randy, I am in the UK and often hear owls but never see tham, even around the house in a built up area, they sometimes make our dog sit up and listen.
I remember about 30 years ago (I'm 20 now!) I was at our lake cabin and I walked out while it was still dark one morning and walked to the edge of the water with trees all around me. I stood there and all of a sudden I saw movement and noticed a silhouette of a Great Horned Owl about 30 feet from me. He was in a dead tree in front of me and I had a good view of him eating a coot. I had hot coffee in my cup and I couldn't move for fear of scaring it, by the time it was all over I had cold coffee, I stayed still for literally about 20 minutes. Of course my nose itched like crazy and I couldn't scratch it, but that's half the fun. When it actually got light enough for me to actually see him/her, it took off over the water and dropped the coot on a small island, the water was down then and we were clearing some dead limbs from the water and I found that coot with his head eaten off. Nothing else was eaten, only a hole where his head had been, he may have been a serial killer.
I didn't get that good of a look since it was so dim, but I will never forget that feeling when I got to watch it eat and my nose itched.