Owl flight while winter strikes back

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We had a monster snowstorm last night which made a slideshow out of the back roads and covered Bragg Creek in a fresh wrapping of winter by morning. I went out to West Bragg early and caught the mist as the day was warming up. I went to a frequent haunt for moose but crossed the meadow without finding any. Then I found a great gray owl and the next half hour was spent watching and waiting for it to take flight.

When it did launch it was fantastic. I love the power they drive off of their perch with. And then there are the wing beats… awesome.

I had hopes that when it did fly it would be a dive to hunt. Here the owl flew across the field closer to the forest. Not very much disappointment – it was great to watch and photograph.

7 responses

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  2. elmediat

    These are superb. I have passed the link to your post to non-blogging friends & family.

    April 16, 2012 at 7:58 pm

  3. Another WOW.Great shots.It is looking right at you in that one photo.Pretty intimidating.

    April 14, 2012 at 1:26 pm

    • Thanks Jane. I have always had an affinity for great grays. They and moose are my two totem animals. When I get a chance to spend a little time with them it is always special. When they stare, sometimes, there is a lot that they share.

      April 16, 2012 at 1:00 pm

  4. You captured the power and the beauty.

    April 14, 2012 at 6:39 am

  5. sandy

    Wow, I will bet that made your day! Your photos are outstanding!!

    April 14, 2012 at 4:38 am

    • It was really great to see the owl and record the power and motion of its launch. The day only got better as I saw two moose in a field a few minutes later.

      April 16, 2012 at 12:57 pm

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