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Article: Camouflaged

Camouflaged

Camouflaged

“Camouflaged”

Nature certainly knows how to camouflage its own. These magnificent great horned owls are often found in our area, yet their unique colors and feather patterns enable them to blend in so well into these old aspen trees that they are often hard to find.  It is their plumicorns, or feather tufts found on their head that gives these owls a very distinct difference from their counterparts. This particular image was captured one evening when we were out for a drive in Mountain View County in Alberta. Had we not seen this owl fly to this branch we would have never seen him, as he blended in so well with the background. It was almost as if he was a chameleon by taking on the colors of the evening sunset. Although I’ve seen numerous owls in my travels, it never ceases to amaze me how nature has provided them with such a natural camouflage.

- Stan Masters

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