Winter dusk with a great gray owl

By the time we found this great gray owl in the late afternoon, it had already been a wonderful day of owls.  This grey was the first of three that flew and hunted on the edge of the forest through into night.  The waning sunshine offered a little warmth against cold and perhaps encouraged the owls to come out of the trees to hunt.  Sometimes an owl is found only by slowly studying woods or fields.  This one was much easier – perched on a sign post.

A truck drove by and the owl took flight. The bird crossed over a fence and drifted over the field beyond.  Angling up on an instant, she quickly down towards the snow.

I missed catching a sharp shot of her crashing into the field.  She, however, did not miss.  He talons pinned a field mouse of some type under the snow.  She transferred that to her beak after a few shuffles and disturbances.  And then flew up to finish off the meal on a fence post.

From there the owl flew over the field again.  This time alighting on the metal beam of a piece of farm machinery.  From sign to beam was only six minutes.  Luckily there was a bit more with this owl and then more through sunset with two other owls.

8 responses

  1. Pingback: The final hunt after an evening with a great gray | Christopher Martin Photography

  2. Christopher, a great series of the hunting behaviour and what you may miss if you don’t glimpse out the rear-view mirror. The first image is fantastic !excellent composition and detail!

    March 24, 2019 at 2:29 pm

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  4. Perfect capture of this owl’s formidable personality. A wonderful sequence from the first shot of her back to her final perch, where she seems to be saying, “I’ve strutted my stuff for you. Now go home!”

    March 24, 2019 at 8:08 am

  5. Fantastic sequence, Christopher. Really stunning light and clarity. Owls are so cool!

    March 23, 2019 at 11:14 pm

  6. Incredible capture – love this

    March 23, 2019 at 3:25 pm

  7. Wow! What great photos!

    March 23, 2019 at 2:53 pm

  8. Beautiful capture, love the story in images, thank you, Chris.

    March 23, 2019 at 1:36 pm

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