This pair of Great Horned Owls was observed at dusk near White Rock Lake. Great Horned Owls are some of the earliest breeding birds in North America. This mated pair is likely in the area scouting out potential nesting sites.

Sunset at White Rock Lake.
Sunset at White Rock Lake.
When I arrived the first owl appeared to be drowsing.
When I arrived the first owl appeared to be dozing.
He opened his eyes soon enough.
He opened his eyes soon enough.
The second owl was just a feet yards/meters away.
The second owl was just a few yards/meters away.
When this owl stretched its wings it gave the appearance of doing an odd dance.
When this owl stretched its wings it gave the appearance of doing an odd dance.
Facing the setting sun.
Facing the setting sun.
The owls called softly to each other.  Whooo... Whooo...
The owls called softly to each other. Whooo… Whooo…
The owls were very tolerant of our observing.
The owls were very tolerant of our observing.
Blink!
Blink!
After the wings came a neck stretch.
After the wings came a neck stretch.

Observation Details

CountyDallas
CityDallas
DateDec 22, 2012
Time of DayDusk
TemperatureCool (50-69°F/10-21°C)
WeatherPartly Cloudy
HabitatRecreation-Park
Type of BehaviorCongregating
GenderMixed
MaturityAdult
ObserverChris Jackson