A close encounter of the owl kind

Almost two months ago, I came across a great gray owl that was surveying a bog from the top of a weathered fence post.  I watched him for a few minutes as he looked around.  Then the big, yellow eyes watched me for a few seconds before the wings stretched out and he flew up the hill towards me.  These owls move quickly when they choose to so I was reacting not thinking when he took to the air.  I was happy to have a few shots of that approach.

I thought he would fly by, but another post a couple of meters away from me was his destination.  He looked around for half a minute, then stared at me while launching into the air again.  This time he passed close by, crossed the path and then flew to a broken tree branch in the forest.

It was early evening and seemed to be supper time as he dove into the tall grass a couple of minutes later.  That yielded a vole or some kind of field mouse.  I couldn’t tell as he swallowed it while on the ground and mostly out of sight.

Reappearing after a short while, he ascended to another branch briefly and then flew deeper into the forest.

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11 responses

  1. Pingback: A close encounter of the owl kind — Christopher Martin Photography – Pisaries Creator

  2. Did you feel you were being chased away?

    July 25, 2018 at 11:29 am

    • Hi Steve! Thanks for visiting my site and for your question. No. I did not feel that way. I think he was curious about me – for a minute – and then continued his normal behaviour and activity.

      Have a great day!

      Cheers,

      Chris

      July 25, 2018 at 3:39 pm

  3. Fabulous images of a wonderful encounter!

    July 25, 2018 at 11:20 am

  4. Anonymous

    Amazing. I so want to photograph owls. Do you do any photo trips?

    July 25, 2018 at 5:41 am

  5. You’ve captured some amazing shots. Wonderful!

    July 25, 2018 at 4:48 am

  6. I especially like the last photo. It’s a reminder that obscuring and out-of-focus foliage can be a plus in nature photography. Here, I think it adds to the total effect. He certainly is a big bird!

    July 25, 2018 at 4:42 am

  7. oh, wow – these are such amazing shots

    July 25, 2018 at 4:37 am

    • Thank you for continuing to visit. I’m glad you enjoyed these ones!

      July 25, 2018 at 3:44 pm

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