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    Eastern Screech Owls like to take over woodpecker nests that have been dug out over the years in pine trees, which are the main species of tree at this swamp. Fish and Wildlife also paint a white ring around the base of a tree that has active nests in order to avoid when conducting controlled burns. Screech owls can range in height anywhere from 8-10 inches, so you have to have a sharp eye to find these little birds of prey. Taken at the Okefenokee Swamp, Georgia USA
    WHAT MAKES THIS PHOTO GREAT?
    Composition 202
    Lighting 98
    Creativity 134
    Story 106

    We were mesmerized by this camouflaged screech owl, masterfully disguised perched inside a woodpecker’s nest. The monochromatic palette and tight composition are this image’s strengths. Part of a changing world is that which remains the same … or the adaptations that occur to fit it. Adaptation is a beautiful illustration of how living things learn from and grow with the world around them.

    Cory Richards
    National Geographic Photographer
    Photo Details
    Date Taken: Apr 13, 2013
    Date Uploaded: May 25, 2013
    Camera: Canon EOS-1D Mark III
    Focal Length: 1200 mm
    Shutter Speed: 1/100 sec
    Aperture: f/11
    ISO: 640
    Copyright: © Graham McGeorge
    Categories: Animals, Nature, Portraits
    Assignments: Epic, Tree of Life, Someday, Embrace the Untamed, Explore Our Changing World