Great Gray Owl in Winter
The morning brought steady snow and diffused sunlight. I toured some of the West Bragg Creek roads to see if the moose were foraging in some of their regular haunts. I saw a few deer but none of their much larger cousins. I did get to see two great gray owls (strix nebulosa) in two different locations.
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These photos are all of the second bird that I watched for about 30 minutes as it hunted from a couple of different perches.
It was a great morning. I hadn’t seen one of the phantoms of the north for a couple of months and was beginning to understand why phantom and ghost are names often applied to these beautiful raptors.
As a post script, I was outside tonight putting lights up and heard a couple owls hooting back and forth for about an hour near my backyard. I’ll be trying to find them over the next couple of days.