A Great Horned Owl (Bubo virginianus) in flight in Pocoson Lakes National Wildlife Refuge in eastern North Carolina. A Great Horned Owl's eyes are so large, they cannot move them at all in their sockets, as we can. To compensate, they can turn their head to face a bit beyond directly behind them in either direction. They accomplish this by having long necks, with 14 cervical vertebrae, as opposed to 7 in humans. They have long, fluffy neck feathers, and keep their necks squished down into an "S" shape, so it looks like they don't have much of a neck at all!
June 10th, 2023
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