Great Gray Owl on a morning hunt
I was able to spend another morning with the Great Gray Owl in Bragg Creek that I have had the good fortune to watch several times (links: #1 and #2) this summer. She was waiting patiently on a fence post when I spotted her.
She almost seemed to wait while I quickly set up my long lens on its tripod before hunting in the deep grass. Over the next half hour she made several dives and had no trouble catching unlucky field creatures (by my count she was batting .333 on the day).
She would stay in the grass for up to a minute after each lunge so I had the opportunity to focus on the launches back into the air a couple of times.
Once the sunlight reached the field, the morning warmed up quickly and the owl’s pace slowed. On one of the last dives before I left, the owl had been on the far side of the field and then glided across. En route, it dropped down almost disappearing. When it popped its head back up, there was a great moment where the yellow eyes peered out of carpet of green.
By then the light was getting harsh and I was getting hungry. When she flew out, I packed up and drove off.
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This entry was posted on July 12, 2014 by Christopher Martin. It was filed under Nature, Owls, Wildlife and was tagged with alberta, bird in flight, bragg creek, Canada, flying, Great Gray Owl, nature, strix nebulosa, wildlife photography.
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July 17, 2014 at 12:56 pm
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July 14, 2014 at 7:11 am
amazing shots ….. nice colors and backgrounds
July 13, 2014 at 9:52 pm
How fortunate you are to be able to photograph this beautiful creature.
Your photographs are wonderful.
July 13, 2014 at 2:27 pm
That must be a thrill to see her waiting for you. Awesome photos. Pretty good batting average too.
July 13, 2014 at 12:28 pm
July 13, 2014 at 11:34 am
Wow amazing shots
July 13, 2014 at 11:06 am
Wonderful shots of this beautiful bird! I’ve never seen one in real life, so thanks for sharing! Your photos show her character really well too.
July 13, 2014 at 10:25 am
Amazing shots of this spectacular bird, you have really captured it’s uniqueness and beauty.
July 13, 2014 at 8:50 am
What a wonderful display of aerial mastery – those wing feathers at full stretch and such finesse in deploying the landing flaps. I really enjoy your informative posts.
July 13, 2014 at 8:28 am
July 13, 2014 at 6:07 am
Beautiful image, Christopher.
July 13, 2014 at 12:55 am
A beautiful sequence of shots and an awesome bird, this bird has been at the top of my wish list for some time in terms of wanting to see and photograph, I will eventually book a trip to Norway in search of this bird … but until then its nice to see wonderful photographs like yours so thanks for sharing.
July 13, 2014 at 12:36 am