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A phantom hunting in the snow

Great gray owl hunting in a snowstorm - © Christopher Martin-5076

The snowstorm and the cold accompanying it were considerable the morning I watched this Great gray owl hunting west of Bragg Creek.  Neither one impeded her focus or her ability to hunt.  She caught three mice as they scurried beneath the snow.  The sharp eyes guiding her to great effect.  The descent above started with her perched in a branch.  Her head cocked at subtly different angles to range in before she flew.

Great gray owl hunting in a snowstorm - © Christopher Martin-5066

This strike proved unsuccessful as it appeared she came close but came away with nothing.  She looked at me for a second and then lifted off to alight on a post holding up the fence I was leaning against.

Great gray owl hunting in a snowstorm - © Christopher Martin-5092

Great gray owl hunting in a snowstorm - © Christopher Martin-5093

Great gray owl hunting in a snowstorm - © Christopher Martin-5103

A short regroup was over after a few minutes when she dove with her back to me, grabbed and returned with a mouse.

Great gray owl hunting in a snowstorm - © Christopher Martin-5125

That was swallowed quickly and she then retreated to another branch on the tree line behind the fence.  She flew along the forest’s edge between a couple of spots.  Which gave me a few good opportunities to shoot her in flight.

Great gray owl hunting in a snowstorm - © Christopher Martin-5156

Great gray owl hunting in a snowstorm - © Christopher Martin-5215

She snagged another unfortunate creature as we approached noon and I left soon after that.

Great gray owl hunting in a snowstorm - © Christopher Martin-5156

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20 responses

  1. Hey great article, nicely written! I love the photos, they’re so clear!

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    March 1, 2017 at 9:26 am

  2. Mike Adams

    Beautiful animal! Mother nature is an artist, and kudos to you for capturing it.

    February 9, 2017 at 3:27 pm

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  4. The 1st, 2nd, 4th or 5th image I would personally use as the December picture in a calendar. Now I really want to go to Canada. 🙂

    December 20, 2016 at 2:13 am

  5. Stunning pictures and a great sequel! I really like the pictures where the owl is flying. 🙂

    December 15, 2016 at 9:30 pm

  6. Awesome shots.

    December 15, 2016 at 2:45 pm

  7. Beautiful pictures. It’s amazing how she can see in all that whiteness.

    December 15, 2016 at 1:08 pm

  8. Kenny

    Reblogged this on My Awesome Pics!!!! and commented:
    Check the awesome pics

    December 12, 2016 at 5:58 am

  9. Kenny

    beautiful pics of the owl

    December 12, 2016 at 5:58 am

  10. All the snaps are just awesome. Impressive and Creative.

    December 12, 2016 at 1:48 am

  11. What an outstanding sequence!! Stunning images!

    December 11, 2016 at 7:39 pm

  12. Wonderful

    December 11, 2016 at 10:36 am

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  14. How log of a lens did you use to shoot these wonderful shots?
    Dwight

    December 10, 2016 at 8:48 pm

  15. Fabulous series!

    December 10, 2016 at 6:15 pm

  16. Excellent photographs. Amazing encounter.

    December 10, 2016 at 5:59 pm

  17. HELEN HEINRICHS

    AMAZING. I THINK SHE IS GETTING TO LIKE YOU!

    December 10, 2016 at 5:40 pm

  18. Simply thrilling, Christopher!

    December 10, 2016 at 4:56 pm

  19. Anonymous

    Bellissime immagini, molto suggestive

    December 10, 2016 at 3:30 pm

  20. Beautiful! Amazing images!

    December 10, 2016 at 3:29 pm

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