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Photo: Great horned owl becomes one with the tree

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Our photo of the day comes from Calgary, Canada.

If you've ever wondered why owls come in mottled shades of brown and gray, this photo of a young great horned owl explains everything. If it weren't for that face, this beautiful creature would disappear right into the tree – a slick trick for creatures who excel in stealth mode. (Also, look at those feet!)

Thank you to the sharp eye of photographer Tony LePrieur for this exquisite shot.

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