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An owl in the muskeg

Muskeg Great gray owl - © Christopher Martin-6926-2

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.

Muskeg Great gray owl - © Christopher Martin-6877

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.

Muskeg Great gray owl - © Christopher Martin-6892-2

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.

 

Muskeg Great gray owl - © Christopher Martin-6894

 

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.

Muskeg Great gray owl - © Christopher Martin-6911

Muskeg Great gray owl - © Christopher Martin-6917

Muskeg Great gray owl - © Christopher Martin-6918

 

 

 

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9 responses

  1. Love the intensity and precision of your photos and the owl’s hunting skills.

    April 29, 2015 at 11:33 am

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  3. Fantastic shots.

    April 25, 2015 at 8:48 am

  4. Majestic

    April 24, 2015 at 7:06 pm

  5. You do get some of the most incredible shots. I love seeing nature through the eyes of you and your camera.

    April 24, 2015 at 4:13 pm

  6. Excellent image, Christopher,

    April 24, 2015 at 3:52 pm

  7. Amazing pictures, I love them. 🙂

    April 24, 2015 at 12:29 pm

  8. Wow. You keep doing this again and again.

    April 24, 2015 at 12:20 pm

  9. Amazing photos!

    April 24, 2015 at 12:08 pm

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