Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Great Gray Owl/Wild Bird

 Great gray owl (Strix nebulosa) sitting atop a pine tree

Usually elusive, great gray owls hunt during the day, often perching among dense conifers, but here it is out in the open, easy to see. Their diet includes voles, squirrels and small birds.

Taking off

They are normally non-migratory, living in the north from Alaska  to northern Quebec in Canada. In the U.S., they live in a few northern states  from northern California to Minnesota.

I am joining Stewart M's Wild Bird Wednesday HERE

46 comments:

Lowell said...

Omigod! I think you've found a new calling - bird photography. These are magnificent pictures of this magnificent bird!

Snap said...

WOWOWOWOWOWZER!!!!! I love owls and these are making my heart pitter patter!!! Gorgeous Great Gray Owl.

Jacquelineand.... said...

Oh my, these are fantastic photos!

Buttons said...

Snap took my comment:) WOW WOW WOW incredible. B

Sandra said...

awesome, amazing and awe inspiring... wow wow wow

Cezar and Léia said...

Outstanding! That second shot is spectacular!
Léia

see you there! said...

He looks like a sculpture, especially in the second amazing shot.

Darla

Pamela Gordon said...

These are fantastic shots! What a beautiful creature.

Kathy said...

Love the takeoff shot. I do believe you caught him unawares. Although I doubt anything really catches these birds unaware, right?

kelley jensen said...

wow-what an impressive shot. I saw an owl out at the cemetery the other day and was so excited. very rare around here.

Dawn said...

Absolutely magnificent!

Stephanie said...

He's gorgeous!

Judy said...

Oh my goodness, this is an awesome capture!

TexWisGirl said...

absolutely awesome!

Ruth's Photo Blog said...

Amazing pictures. This is one bird I have yet to get my lens on. Perhaps some day.

LONDONLULU said...

WHAT a bird!! Don't know why, but these may be my two favorite bird captures yet:)...Gorgeous.

Small City Scenes said...

Aye-yi-yi! Where did you find this magnificent raptor. Gorgeous. MB

Grandma Barb's This and That said...

Wow! Awesome, awesome shots!

HansHB said...

Splendid photowork!

Sue said...

That taking off one is INCREDIBLE. And I do love owls.

=)

Andy said...

It's been years since I have seen a owl in it's natural habitat.

Gemma Wiseman said...

Amazing textures and patterns on the feathers of this beautiful bird! Stunning photos!

Carletta said...

Congrats on being in the right place and time to see and photograph this beauty!
That take off shot of his spread wings is awesome!

Susan said...

Oh my gosh, what awesome photos!!!!!!

Kusum Sanu said...

The take-off picture is amazing!

RedPat said...

Amazing shots, EG!

Gary said...

Stunning shots!! Boom & Gary of the Vermilon River, Canada.

LeenaH said...

I would like to say by some other words than others but amazing is the best word anyway :) Ten points xxxxx

mick said...

Great photos of the owl. Such beautiful feather patterns.

NatureFootstep said...

great shots of a powerful owl. :)

Gill - That British Woman said...

just gorgeous photos,

Gill

eileeninmd said...

Oh wow, The Great Gray Owl just awesome. Now, I am envious you have the Great Gray Owl and the Redpolls there. Cool sighting and wonderful photos.

Karen said...

What a spectacular find!!

edenhills said...

What an incredible capture!

Michelle said...

WOW! What an incredible capture!

Rebecca said...

Wow is right, these are amazing. And so nice you saw it in daylight!

George said...

I don't believe I've seen pictures of this owl before. Your photos are absolutely stunning.

Randy said...

So regal looking.

Yogi♪♪♪ said...

That is a very regal bird. I love the blue sky in the backdrop.

Stewart M said...

What a wonderful bird! I'd love to see one of these.

Cheers and thanks for linking to WBW - Stewart M - Melbourne

Halcyon said...

WOW! That second shot is amazing. You must have a good eye. I've never seen an owl in the wild.

Gillian Olson said...

Wow, what great pictures of this magnificient owl.

Judy said...

That sure is a big bird!!

Mary Howell Cromer said...

My green eyes just became even greener with envy...I know, I know wrong, but oh how wonderful to even see a great Gray, let alone photograph one...these are awesome!

Snowcatcher said...

Wow!!! I saw the title of this in my reader the other day but couldn't take a peek then, and boy, were these worth coming back to!

Rose said...

Amazing shots! He is beautiful!

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