Great Grey Owl – flights along a forest meadow

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My friend Jeff came back out to Bragg Creek to photograph with me again last weekend.  We found a female Great Grey Owl hunting over one of the fields in West Bragg.

She was covering large areas of the field with each flight and it was fun trying to anticipate where her flight path would go as she crisscrossed the meadow. 

The intensity of expression of these owls always holds my attention.  That coupled with the power in their flight motion make them so interesting to watch.  This encounter was no exception to that rule.

The talons are amazing too.  I have heard of people being attacked by Great Grays when they strayed too close to a nest – I continue to believe that is something to be avoided.

5 responses

  1. These are beautiful beautiful shots. I love Owls and you capture them soooo well!

    August 11, 2012 at 2:22 am

    • Thank you Shilpi. I haven’t seen any of the three owls I spent so much time with in May and June for a couple of weeks now. I’m in withdrawal!

      August 16, 2012 at 2:26 pm

      • I wish I could see some! There’s one that comes sometimes near where I stay and sits on a lamp post in the dead of the night, but I haven’t gotten really close enough to photograph it. And haven’t seen it since a while now 😦

        August 23, 2012 at 4:43 am

  2. You have some great shots, I would love to see this and capture it for real.

    July 1, 2012 at 2:43 pm

  3. Your owl photos are fascinating, Chris! Fun to see her hunting over tall grass. She must have incredible eyesight.

    June 8, 2012 at 2:15 pm

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