An owl in the muskeg
Muskeg is not a landscape that I think of owls hunting in but that is probably due to me not spending much time in them. The word is Algonquin for grassy bog and in the Bragg Creek area there are only I couple places that I visit which would qualify. On the weekend I was in one of these spots as they are a spring and summer haunt for moose. I was surprised to find a Great gray owl perched on one of the stubby trees.
I was using a long lens and was able to follow it as it flew around the bog landing in several spots. The last perch it settled on a weathered fence post. Despite being worn down and long out of any real service, it served as a good scouting tower for the owl.
Within a few minutes, she cocked her head a couple of times, raised her wings and then dove into the grass. On the ground, she hopped around a little bit and when she flew up to the post again had a mouse in her beak.
The owl fussed with the little creature for a few seconds to get the right grip. With the meal secure, she flew away from the muskeg and up into the open forest nearby.
This entry was posted on April 24, 2015 by Christopher Martin. It was filed under Owls, Wildlife and was tagged with alberta, bragg creek, Canada, flying, Great Gray Owl, nature, owls, strix nebulosa, wildlife photography.