Bubo virginianus pacificus, 8-29-2015.

Great Horned Owls video

Young Cooper's Hawk, SBWR, 8-27-15.

One year Cooper's  hawk hunting, 8-27-15.

The Matriarch of the Great Horned Owl clan at SBWR, 5-21-2013.

Great Horned Owl (Bubo virginianus pacificus), 21-May-2013

A young Papa Owl perched low on a fallen Eucalyptus branch in the SBWR Commemorative Grove fields at dusk (in relatively dark conditions). Flash is never used while photographing owls, as it can be hard on their keen eyes. Note the sunset in the eyes of the owl that knows me all too well, 8-13-2015. Trust and mutual respect helped to make this photo happen.

Papa Owl low in the fields after a hot summer day, 8-13-2015.

Papa Owl shake out with protective eye membranes half way closed, 8-13-2015.


Great Horned Owl (Sheba), offspring of the parent owls featured below. September 5, 2013.

Great Horned Owls (Bubo virginianus pacificus) during courtship in a eucalyptus tree. January 22, 2013.

Great Horned Owls (Bubo virginianus pacificus) during courtship before nesting in a Eucalyptus tree. Their habitat is threatened at the Sepulveda Basin Wildlife Reserve with the ongoing cutting and removal of non-native plants and trees including many non-native Eucalyptus trees, Los Angeles County,  California. Native plants are wonderful as they have evolved over thousands of years, attracting insects that fuel birds and others. However, many non-invasive non-native plants, including the Eucalyptus tree, which the owls, hummingbirds, phoebes, roosting Monarch butterflies, honey bees, and many others cherish and rely on, are also clearly beneficial to habitat overall. Please support non-invasive non-native plants and trees like the Eucalyptus tree by urging your local administrators, advisors and politicians to take a more balanced approach to habitat preservation in reserves like the Sepulveda Basin Wildlife Reserve and elsewhere. Knights of the Wildlife Lake.

Least Bell's Vireo (Vireo bellii pusillus), listed as endangered with its habitat threatened, Sepulveda Basin Wildlife Reserve, California, July 2, 2015.

Least Bell's Vireo (Endangered) at SBWR Haskel Creek, July 2, 2015.

Resplendent Quetzal, Costa Rica, 4-27-2015.

Great Horned Owl mother carrying food to her young.

Mother owl bringing in a rabbit, 6-May-2014

James Hanlon

Recording the natural history of wildlife is my primary focus. Photographing wildlife in its most natural state requires getting to know the animals in a manner where you become a friend and ally, as well as a protector and non-threatening observer.

Enjoy the photos and please remember to support and protect habitat wherever you can. For it's the trees, shrubs, waterways, oceans and open areas that provide the necessary habitat that sustains mankind and the wonderful wildlife around us.

jim hanlon

..in Wildness, to a degree within reason, is the preservation of the World. Thoreau/Hanlon.