Manresa’s Great-Horned Owls

We recently spent some time at a beach house in South Santa Cruz County and in the 1.4 acres of hilly grassland and eucalyptus groves, my family encountered countless native creatures, as usual when we visit this property. In past years, we’ve seen bobcats walking on the perimeter fence, coveys of quail darting in and out of the brush, an osprey flying over head, headed straight for the beach, and an ever-developing family of great-horned owls. The invasive and normally disruptive eucalyptus trees are extremely valuable for the owls, acting as perfect camouflage! We captured photos of the mama and her bigger, fluffier teenager at sunset one evening, and then again early the next morning.

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