Great Grey Owl in Flight

I spied this owl perched out in the full sun at the edge of a stand of trees ringing a lake in Priddis, about 30 miles west of Calgary.  I set up a couple dozen yards on a hill so that I was at the same height as its perch.

The bird was in no rush and waited for about 20 more minutes before launching out of the tree.  The vole or some similar creature must have dipped out of reach as the owl touched down but flew up again into this bare tree.

I left it staring intently across the field, I’m sure it didn’t miss the next one.

8 responses

  1. Val

    Owls are fabulous birds, as are these shots. Great, Chris! (The pattern on the open wings looks like a basket weave!)

    May 16, 2011 at 2:40 pm

    • Thanks Val – I love owls too. Watching them in flight is awe inspiring for me.

      May 18, 2011 at 4:13 pm

  2. Love these, Chris! Wonderful compositions and clarity. Interesting to see the beautiful feathers and eyes.

    May 9, 2011 at 4:50 am

    • Thank you Karen. I’ve waited longer and had poorer results so I’m pretty happy with this flight set.

      May 18, 2011 at 4:20 pm

  3. Bobbi Fergstad

    Fantastic! These are among the best owl shots for sure!

    May 8, 2011 at 6:17 pm

  4. Nice action shots I know it took a lot of patiences to capture those. Beautiful I love the shots

    May 8, 2011 at 3:52 pm

    • Thank you Eric. It’s nice when I have the time to wait for them to launch.

      May 18, 2011 at 4:22 pm

  5. Absolutely amazing photos. Thank you!

    May 8, 2011 at 10:48 am

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