Showcasing its dexterity, a Great Horned Owl flies down upon a rabbit that scampers away from the spread-winged bird. The intricate details of the owl are on full display in this spectacle that takes place in the wilderness of the Adirondack Mountains. “GREAT HORNED OWL” is engraved atop the image.
The Great Horned Owl is also known as the hoot owl or tiger owl. The aggressive and agile bird was named “winged tiger” and “tiger of the air” in early descriptions. This raptor’s diet consists of smaller animals including rabbits, hares, mice, rats, reptiles and other birds.
The forest in the background of the obverse is in the Adirondack Mountains, which are located in Upstate New York and are covered with a variety of trees. Many animals reside in the Adirondack Wilderness that stretches from 5,000 to 6,000 miles, including 260 bird species
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