Great Horned Owl
Bubo virginianus

f5.6 @ 1/60s, ISO:800, Nikon D3S w 500mm

"Great Horned Owl," Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. The great horned owl is a large owl native to the Americas. It is an extremely adaptable bird with a vast range and is the most widely distributed true owl in the Americas. Its primary diet is rabbits and hares, rats and mice, and voles, although it freely hunts any animal it can overtake, including rodents and other small mammals, larger mid-sized mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians, and invertebrates. The great horned owl is generally colored for camouflage. The underparts of the species are usually light with some brown horizontal barring; the upper parts and upper wings are generally a mottled brown usually bearing heavy, complex, darker markings.
Brazos Bend State Park, Needville, Texas