Forest flights in a snowstorm

Great gray owl hunting in a snowstorm - © Christopher Martin-4970

A snowstorm hit Bragg Creek last weekend quickly draping the area in white and pushing the temperature way down.  I caught sight of this owl along a familiar stretch of open forest divided by a gravel road.

Great gray owl hunting in a snowstorm - © Christopher Martin-4954

Great gray owl hunting in a snowstorm - © Christopher Martin-4968

Great gray owl hunting in a snowstorm - © Christopher Martin-4972

It was a steep challenge keeping sharp focus as she flew through the trees and with the heavy snowfall but I had a great hour or so watching her and trying to keep up.  I ended up with many in-focus tree, out-of-focus owl shots but when it worked out the other way around there were some interesting images.

Great gray owl hunting in a snowstorm - © Christopher Martin-4916

Great gray owl hunting in a snowstorm - © Christopher Martin-4914

Great gray owl hunting in a snowstorm - © Christopher Martin-5159

When I did return to my car, it did take a few minutes for my fingers to thaw – that’s always painful but quickly forgotten.

Great gray owl hunting in a snowstorm - © Christopher Martin-5244
She was very successful during the time I watched her.  Three field mice were the first courses for breakfast from five silent descents into the tall grass.  When time allows, I will share a few of those action shots in another photo story here.

20 responses

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  2. Beautiful

    December 11, 2016 at 10:38 am

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  4. Ray Matheson

    THANK YOU CHRIS FOR ALL YOUR HARD AND COLD BRRRR EFFORTS TO BRING SUCH AMAZING AND BEAUTIFUL SCENES TO LIFE FOR US!!!! I ALWAYS LOVED OWLS. THERE WERE MANY IN THE AREA WHERE I GREW UP.

    December 9, 2016 at 1:44 pm

  5. I love owl .. wonderfull ❤

    December 9, 2016 at 12:22 am

  6. I think you must have owl eyes to always find them out! (I was going to say ferret them out but I wondered if ferrets could even be killed by owls, a rather different idea!)

    December 8, 2016 at 6:07 pm

  7. Your owl shots are one of my favourite series.

    December 8, 2016 at 3:02 pm

  8. Wonderful photos!

    December 8, 2016 at 11:46 am

  9. Reblogged this on clawingmywayin and commented:
    Owl in a snow storm

    December 8, 2016 at 10:34 am

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  11. BEAUTIFUL BEAUTIFUL BEAUTIFUL Like Always!

    December 8, 2016 at 8:52 am

  12. Really beautiful Shots!!
    Dwight

    December 8, 2016 at 8:46 am

    • Thank you Dwight – the owl did most of the hard work and I was lucky enough to watch.

      December 9, 2016 at 6:17 am

  13. exceptionally beautiful 🙂

    December 8, 2016 at 8:03 am

  14. Good eyes, Christopher. It’s tough to spot a bird like this in such conditions -let alone capture it on film. Congrats, and thanks for sharing.

    December 8, 2016 at 7:42 am

  15. WOW! so wonderful….can feel the flight.

    December 8, 2016 at 7:41 am

  16. bkcitta

    Absolutely stunning!! Especially like the last photo in gallery set!! Thanks for sharing

    December 8, 2016 at 7:25 am

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