Evening Owl: A Great Grey in Bragg Creek

Just before the long weekend, I had an evening free to tour the back roads around Bragg Creek.  As the shadows grew longer and the heat of the day softened a little, I hoped to see some wildlife come out of the trees.  A few miles off the main road, I saw a Great Grey Owl perched on a fence post right on the forest’s edge.  It was pretty calm and just stared at me when I stopped my car and walked back towards it.

It flew a couple posts ahead of me and I expected it to not let me get too close.  Then it flew just in front of me, crossing the road, and landing on a post on the other side of the road right in front of me.  I was using a long lens which meant I couldn’t fit the bird in the frame as it landed in front of me.  It is always fantastic to be that close to Great Greys.  I took a couple of steps backward and enjoyed watching as the owl scouted for the field mice and rodents touring through the long grass along the fenceline.

I thought the owl might dive into the grass as it stared down periodically for several minutes.  In the end, it chose to fly off for a higher branch.

Too close to get a clean shot but I like the intention in the owl’s movement and its eyes.

A last stare (disapproving? menacing?) before heading further down the road.

14 responses

  1. Awesome!!

    December 18, 2011 at 11:37 am

  2. Margie

    Wonderful photos – I wish the owls in my woods would sit still long enough for me to photograph them!

    August 3, 2011 at 9:56 pm

    • Hi Margie, I talk to owls when I cross their path. Sometimes they do as you would expect and just fly off, but sometimes they seem bemused by the crazy guy in front of them.

      August 9, 2011 at 10:50 pm

  3. Stunning photos!!!!

    August 2, 2011 at 5:41 am

    • Thank you A.W. – all the best to you, I hope you are enjoying the summer.

      August 2, 2011 at 9:16 pm

  4. What a fantastic set of photos!

    August 1, 2011 at 10:31 pm

  5. elmediat

    Your work is just superb ! The action shots on your recent posts were amazing. These owl shots are just ….. “pick a superlative and place here” .

    August 1, 2011 at 7:54 pm

    • Very kind words – thank you, I am very happy that you enjoy the imagery.

      August 2, 2011 at 9:20 pm

  6. WOW! Fantastic shots–very nice work.

    August 1, 2011 at 3:29 pm

  7. Alec Martin

    Chris, these are some of your best owls I’ve seen and the narrative is spot on. It is great to see your art evolving so well.



    August 1, 2011 at 2:11 pm

    • Thanks Dad, great to spend time with you over the weekend. We’ll go and see if we can visit with this owl when you get back from Nelson.

      August 2, 2011 at 9:19 pm

  8. Stunning photos

    August 1, 2011 at 2:09 pm

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