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A Great gray owl morning in Bragg Creek

 

A Bragg Creek Owl - © Christopher Martin-3652

The fields and forests west of Bragg Creek have been owl havens for me in the spring and summer for several years.  The autumn and winter encounters have been much less numerous but I added one more on the weekend.  A couple of warm days had melted most of the snow in this meadow but on the morning I was out it was cold.

A Bragg Creek Owl - © Christopher Martin-3647

I had spotted this Great gray owl perched on a weathered fence post as I drove along the road.  I pulled over, hopped out and crossed the fence to get the rising sun behind me and onto his front.

A Bragg Creek Owl - © Christopher Martin-3789

The day warmed up several degrees in the sunlight while I hung out with this beautiful raptor.  I stayed there for a little over an hour and he made a couple of flights to alternate posts along the fence line.  His focus on hunting seemed to take second place to warming up in the sunshine.

A Bragg Creek Owl - © Christopher Martin-3952

When I left he was staring intently at a spot in the long grass – I waited for another 20 minutes hoping an attack dive would come.  His patience beat mine and I left with a few good flight photos, a smile and a thank you to this beautiful owl.

A Bragg Creek Owl - © Christopher Martin-3957

 

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10 responses

  1. You are such a great photographer!! I love photography, but I am hopeless!!

    November 25, 2015 at 12:15 pm

  2. Beautiful ~ the focus and glint in the owl’s eye on the 4th shot is pretty magical.

    November 19, 2015 at 9:15 pm

  3. That’s a beautiful looking owl ❤

    November 18, 2015 at 6:46 pm

  4. Waaaaaaw *-*!

    November 18, 2015 at 4:31 pm

  5. franciscocamacho2016

    Very beautiful photos..!!!

    November 18, 2015 at 7:51 am

  6. Those photos are amazing!

    November 18, 2015 at 5:56 am

  7. Sounds like a fun hour! The colours add so much to the photos. Where do these owls get their patience – I need to borrow some.

    November 18, 2015 at 5:53 am

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