Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Great Grey Owl

 Great Grey Owl (Strix nebulosa) in a field

Last Sunday I got to see this handsome Great Grey Owl out in a field.  It had probably been hunting voles, it's favourite food. But by the time I got there, it was watching a small group of birders that was watching it. 

On a fence post

Curious, the owl moved in closer to check us all out. After a couple of minutes, it flew into a tree and turned its back on us. I guess we were boring!
I am connecting to Stewart M's Wild Bird Wednesday HERE

64 comments:

Carole M. said...

it's SO beautiful; what a sight and what a photo opportunity!

Nancy Claeys said...

Spectacular find and gorgeous captures.

Revrunner said...

These are wonderful! How lucky you were to be able to see this in person.

Cezar and Léia said...

Dear EG, this owl is adorable and your pictures are beautiful, love these portraits!
Léia

Jacquelineand.... said...

Beautifully captured, but they (owls) always look as though they are judging you and finding you wanting.

Bill Nicholls said...

It was certanly giveing you the evil eye

Kate said...

Awesome photo of a very handsome animal.

see you there! said...

Owls are so interesting and your photo's are so clear. With those big eyes they seem to be taking everything in.

Darla

Stefan Jansson said...

Two very good owl photos.

Sandra said...

Mr Owl is certainly not boring even if he was bored with you... and he is so very handsome.

Beth @ E. Lizard Breath Speaks said...

gorgeous owl. amazing coloring. ( :

Rose said...

What a look of concentration on its face! And you got great captures of it!

LONDONLULU said...

It looks so regal and commanding, magnificent captures!

Jeanne said...

such gorgeous shots! and what an amazingly beautiful bird!

Judy said...

Amazing shots! Sadly, no owls around here anymore.

Karen said...

Terrific captures! He's a regal looking bird.

TexWisGirl said...

how FABULOUS!!!! such a grand bird!

William Kendall said...

He is a magnificent owl!

Karen S. said...

They are the keepers of magic and wisdom, and if ever one is lucky enough to meet one in real life, you are truly blessed. A most stunning capture here.

Linda W. said...

Love the owl's expression. Great photos!

Gail Dixon said...

What a magnificent bird! You took some awesome shots of him. So nice of him to pose for you.

A Garden of Threads said...

Such beautiful and curious birds. Have not seen one in a few years. Was this close??

Mersad said...

Mesmerizing subject, and great image. The expression is amazing.

JM said...

Beautiful! Excellent captures!

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

Whooos watching whooo! What a beautiful beautiful owl. Thanks for sharing.

Jette Hollesen said...

Great, great photo of a lovely owl!
Supernice!
Greetings
JetteMajken

Malyss said...

Very hypnotic eyes! I love owls and your pictures !

llandudnopictures said...

Fantastic captures of an amazing looking bird!

Ela said...

It's very original bird.
Beautiful yellow eyes and wonderful face.

Lisa Gordon said...

What a gorgeous creature!

Ruth's Photo Blog said...

WOW! What an amazing opportunity to see and photograph this majestic bird.

Pamela Gordon said...

Really wonderful photos of the grey owl. I love the second one.

cieldequimper said...

I've been a lifelong owl lover but have only very rarely seen any. So that means that you have just made my day!

eileeninmd said...

They are beautiful owls. I read about a photographer baiting a Great Gray Owl, he made a lot of birders mad.

Your photos are wonderful.

HansHB said...

Splendid photowork!

Pat Tillett said...

I love owls and hardly every get to see them in the wild. Your photos of this one are fantastic!

Steve Borichevsky said...

This is one wonderful post! Maybe someday I'll bump into one.

Lady Lilith said...

Nice. I like how he is looking at you.

Michelle said...

Wow! He is really gorgeous!

RedPat said...

He's wonderful, EG!

genie said...

Just look at those piercing eyes. He definitely has the birders in his sightline. Amazing shots.

Dimple said...

Amazing shots!

Beyond the Dog Dish said...

That is amazing! He looks grumpy too lol

Sandy Carlson said...

Totally beautiful!

Randy said...

I really envy all of the birds that stop by.

Jack said...

Owls are wonderful birds. You were lucky to see this one highlighted like this. I have taken owl photos but I never find them in a spot where I can get a real "portrait" of the bird, so I have never posted a photo of an owl.

Stephanie said...

He is gorgeous! Reminds me of a Bateman painting.

SquirrelQueen said...

Oh wow, you were in the right place at the right time and got some great shots. He is so handsome.

Small City Scenes said...

You always have the coolest Owl pictures. I have only seen them twice. A Burrowing Owl and a Spotted Owl sitting on our fence post. That's it. Dang!!
MB

PerthDailyPhoto said...

I love the way owls give you the most direct stare :) brilliant portrait, I didn't realise they had such tiny beaks..

Indrani said...

How serious!

Joke van de Klift said...

Mijn lievelings vogel "SCHITTEREND"!!!

John "By Stargoose And Hanglands" said...

What a magnificent bird! Unlucky that you didn't see it hunting which must be a wonderful sight.

Lowell said...

Fantastic photos of this wonderful bird.

Les Fous du Cap said...

This bird is beautiful.
Nice photos;-)
Céline & Philippe

Sue said...

Lately I am captivated by owls. Thanks!

=)

kelley jensen said...

all I can say is wow!

Marie said...

Incredibly beautiful bird! How nice of him to come closer to check you out so you could get great photos!

Dave said...

you lucky lucky girl!

edenhills said...

I just love owls! What a fabulous shot on the fence post!

Wally Jones said...

What a great opportunity!
Very nice job photographing this truly magnificent owl!

I am soooo jealous!

catskillblogger said...

Beautiful!

Gunilla Bäck said...

The owl is gorgeous!

Mary Howell Cromer said...

At the top of my wish, dream list for decades and one day, I pray it happens. Until then, I so enjoy seeing the captures of images that others get. These are amazing!

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