Spring with a Great Gray Owl

Great Gray Owl Launch - 2014 © Christopher MartinCanon 5DIII and 500mm lens: 1/1600 second at f/4 on ISO 2500

I had not seen a Great Gray Owl (Strix nebulosa) since last fall and I was deeply missing them.  Usually by the end of April, there are two owls in West Bragg Creek that I start seeing regularly.  They are always there, just not for me with any consistency until spring.  So, it was with great happiness that one was waiting for me on the weekend when I was out early in the morning.

Owl portrait - 2014 © Christopher MartinCanon 5DIII and 500mm lens: 1/1600 second at f/4 on ISO 2000

This owl hunted along the forest edge, gliding past me several times, for over an hour.  I had great opportunities to photograph her in flight and while perched.  These owls mesmerize me and I feel enormous gratitude that she chose to not fly away to one of the other productive hunting fields nearby.

 

Post launch - 2014 © Christopher MartinCanon 5DIII and 500mm lens: 1/2000 second at f/4 on ISO 2000

At one point she flew deeper into the woods where I think her nest is.  I headed off but came back a half an hour later and she was out on the field.  She flew directly towards me and perched in a tree not far away before hunting along the grass a couple more times.  Then she flew silently back into the forest.   I will head back soon and am excited to spend some more time with this owl.

 

7 responses

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  2. Great photos!

    May 26, 2014 at 7:38 am

  3. Oh my gosh! You’ve done it again! You make me desperately wish for a nature walk of my own where I just may chance upon some beautiful nature specimen such as this. Kudos to you once again.

    May 23, 2014 at 11:16 pm

  4. vastlycurious.com

    How did you do it! WOW !

    May 22, 2014 at 5:23 am

  5. Fantastic. You must have secret powers to keep it there.

    May 21, 2014 at 9:46 pm

  6. Great poses and great captures.Her talons are impressive in the first one, actually a little intimidating. I hope that I get to see the ones that I am missing. Happy shooting!

    May 21, 2014 at 5:26 pm

  7. SEMPLICEMENTE MERAVIGLIOSO!

    May 21, 2014 at 11:26 am

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