Flashback Friday – a summer owl

There are a lot of photographs from the summer and earlier which I have not found a way to share to date.  I’m going to try using the Flashback Friday theme to publish some of these.  I thought I’d start with a morning in July spent watching one of the great gray owls in Bragg Creek hunting in a field.

Just after 7 o’clock, I spied this owl on the forest edge, perched in a tree overlooking the field.  I set up my tripod and long lens in time to catch her fly low over the grass.

This owl is one of a pair that have raised chicks in the same place for several years.  The other parent was likely minding the chicks in the nest hidden back in the forest.  So, the owl was busy crisscrossing the field, hunting for breakfast.

The summer sun rises early so it was fairly high by this time.  The owl flew in and out of the sunlight and the shadows throughout the morning.  That afforded some good opportunities to photograph that contrast.

After a half an hour, the owl was fairly close to me and I was surprised when she flew in my direction and alighted on the fencepost right in front of me.  She stayed there for almost 15 minutes before resuming the hunt.  A very special moment where I felt some level of connection – maybe an acceptance of my presence – that still makes me smile.

 

Here she flew off, dove into the grass, came up empty and returned to the same perch.  A robin joined the line on this second sitting.  The birds paid little attention to one another and the owl soon flew away.

10 responses

  1. I like these photos, nice story to this series.. It had me thinking that I wish politicians like Trump and Sun… of North Korea could allow each other space like this owl and Robin.

    September 25, 2017 at 1:46 pm

  2. Reblogged this on World4Justice : NOW! Lobby Forum..

    September 23, 2017 at 5:05 pm

  3. Wow, such amazing photos. I smiled, too, at the thought of your acceptance by the owl. 🙂

    September 22, 2017 at 8:00 pm

  4. Wow, says it all! tc

    September 22, 2017 at 5:23 pm

  5. Truly unbelievable! The Robin with the Owl has some sort of extra special something going on.

    September 22, 2017 at 2:51 pm

  6. Fantastic!

    September 22, 2017 at 1:20 pm

  7. Anonymous

    Love these pictures. What a great idea for Friday, something to look forward to

    September 22, 2017 at 9:00 am

  8. I always love your owls. The pairing with the robin is great.

    September 22, 2017 at 8:50 am

  9. Wonderful photos of a proud bird. Many Thanks. 🙂 Greetings Alexander

    September 22, 2017 at 8:42 am

  10. Lovely capture!

    September 22, 2017 at 8:21 am

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