On the edge of Kananaskis with an owl

Forest flight - 2013 © Christopher Martin

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I persuaded my children to join me for a drive through Bragg Creek into Kananaskis last night to look for the Great Gray Owls that have returned to some of their summer haunts.  We traveled several of the backroads with not much wildlife found but the sun was out and we enjoyed chatting away.  I had turned back towards home when Kian spotted a beautiful Great Gray up in an aspen tree.

Curiosity - 2013 © Christopher Martin

Its plumage matched the bark quite well and I had completely missed it.  Luckily my son’s sharp eyes did not.

Launch - 2013 © Christopher Martin

Having accomplished the find, Kian then returned to his story while Kezia and I got out and watched the owl swoop across the open forest between trees for almost an hour.  There was great light and the owl was hunting and resting normally so we enjoyed the encounter and I was rewarded with some great opportunities to photograph the bird.

Wings up - 2013 © Christopher Martin

By 8 pm, it was time for bed – for the kids not the owl – so we left her perched on a branch near the road and went home.

Up in a perch - 2013 © Christopher Martin

8 responses

  1. interesting variety of positions in flight, Chris.

    May 5, 2013 at 7:16 am

  2. Reblogged this on 4 lastday, & the day of judgment and commented:
    wow

    May 3, 2013 at 9:58 am

  3. victoriaaphotography

    Some great shots here. How lucky your son has sharp eyes and you were able to take some photos.

    May 3, 2013 at 12:21 am

    • Thanks Victoria. I’m lucky for many things about my son and the person he is developing himself into 🙂

      May 3, 2013 at 3:17 pm

  4. That’s another great time. Wonderful shots.

    May 2, 2013 at 9:50 pm

    • Thanks Lyle. I hope spring is treating you well in Saskatchewan. From your recent posts, it seems like things photographic go well.

      Cheers,

      Chris

      May 3, 2013 at 3:22 pm

  5. Owls are amazing creatures

    May 2, 2013 at 1:34 pm

  6. These pictures are fantastic! What a beauty she is! 🙂

    May 2, 2013 at 1:21 pm

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