June 2015: Great Horned Owl carved from Birch.
October 2013: Great Horned Owl carved from Poplar.
With its long, earlike tufts, intimidating yellow-eyed stare, and deep hooting voice, the Great Horned Owl is the quintessential owl of storybooks. This powerful predator can take down birds and mammals even larger than itself, but it also dines on daintier fare such as tiny scorpions, mice, and frogs. It’s one of the most common owls in North America, equally at home in deserts, wetlands, forests, grasslands, backyards, cities, and almost any other semi-open habitat between the Arctic and the tropics.
June 2015: Great Horned Owl carved from Birch. First photo shows completed carving just before it was painted.
July 2014: Great Horned Owl carved from spalted Birch.