A forest hunter
On a warm summer evening, down a country road leading nowhere, I found a pair of Great gray owls. One was hunting actively near where I set up while the other was perched deeper in the forest.
The shadows lengthened and I hoped for a special moment before the sun slipped below the ridge to the west. She flew over me and I thought that would be the end of the encounter as she flew into the trees. Instead, she alighted on this small branch and stared intently at a couple of spots in the grass. Shortly after she dove headlong into one of those spots and disappeared.
Several seconds ticked by and then she leaped into the air – with a field mouse secured in her beak. It was my good fortune that she flew directly towards me as she gained altitude before banking to her left and heading further uphill towards her nest. The first image and the ones directly below are the series as she flew through the trees towards me.
These were a series of moments well beyond what I was even hoping for.
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This entry was posted on June 11, 2016 by Christopher Martin. It was filed under Bragg Creek, Nature, Owls, Wildlife and was tagged with alberta, animals, birds, bragg creek, Canada, flying, Great Gray Owl, owls, strix nebulosa, wildlife.