There were a lot of critters around the nest this morning, and we captured a bit of the video before the stream had gone live.
This footage may help to answer one of the frequently asked questions: What’s the range of motion of a Great Horned Owl’s (GHO’s) head? Most of the references we’ve seen indicate a range of 270 degrees.
“Great horned owls, like other owls, have eyes that are fixed in their socket. They cannot move their eyes up and down or side to side like humans. To compensate for lack of eye movement they can rotate their heads 270 degrees.”
This would leave a range of about 110 degrees directly behind the bird that couldn’t be observed without turning the body.
In this clip at 1:24 she turns at least 180 degrees to the right. Then 10 seconds later turns about 180 degrees to the left. So I believe this demonstrates at least 360 degrees of motion!