Great Gray Owl on a morning hunt

Owl and grass - 2014 © Christopher Martin

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.

Morning perch - 2014 © Christopher Martin

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).

Owl's attack - 2014 © Christopher Martin


Skimming over the grass - 2014 © Christopher Martin

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.

Out of the grass - 2014 © Christopher Martin

Morning flight - 2014 © Christopher Martin

An owl's take off - 2014 © Christopher Martin

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.

In the field - 2014 © Christopher Martin

By then the light was getting harsh and I was getting hungry.  When she flew out, I packed up and drove off.

Field flight - 2014 © Christopher Martin

15 responses

  1. Pingback: A lone owl out for breakfast | Christopher Martin Photography

  2. remarkable photos!

    July 17, 2014 at 12:56 pm

  3. Fabulous photos.

    July 16, 2014 at 12:00 pm

  4. great photos!

    July 14, 2014 at 7:11 am

  5. Fraz

    amazing shots ….. nice colors and backgrounds

    July 13, 2014 at 9:52 pm

  6. How fortunate you are to be able to photograph this beautiful creature.
    Your photographs are wonderful.

    July 13, 2014 at 2:27 pm

  7. 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

  8. stunning!

    July 13, 2014 at 11:34 am

  9. Wow amazing shots

    July 13, 2014 at 11:06 am

  10. 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

  11. Amazing shots of this spectacular bird, you have really captured it’s uniqueness and beauty.

    July 13, 2014 at 8:50 am

  12. 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

  13. Beautiful photos!

    July 13, 2014 at 6:07 am

  14. Beautiful image, Christopher.

    July 13, 2014 at 12:55 am

  15. 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

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