Photographed in Vivian, Manitoba
Canon EOS T3i; Canon IS 50-250mm lens

The Great Gray Owl (Strix nebulosa) is ranked by birders as number six among the fifty most-wanted birds on the continent. A rare bird, this species has been seen more regularly in parts of Manitoba than elsewhere in Canada. It is thus fitting that on July 16, 1987, by an Act of the Manitoba Legislature, the Great Gray Owl was officially named the Provincial Bird Emblem. Elevation of the status of the Great Gray Owl from unprotected in 1962 to provincial bird emblem in 1987, is in recognition of owls and other birds of prey as a valuable and treasured part of the natural world, and worthy of protection.
Big, bold and beautiful, the Great Gray Owl attracts attention wherever it is found. This denizen of the northern forest, with a wingspan of 1.5 m (5 ft.), is the largest North American owl, even larger than the heavier Great Horned Owl and Snowy Owl. Male and female Great Gray Owls look alike, but, as is the case for all birds of prey, the female is larger than the male. Males weigh up to 1.2 kg (2.6 Ibs.), females up to 1.8 kg (4 Ibs.). Bright yellow eyes, a lack of ear-tufts or “horns”, a broad, round face and conspicuous white chin patches are key identifing features of this species. At night its low, booming "whoo-whoo-whoo … " may be heard echoing across spruce-tamarack boglands.


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Self taught photographer enjoying retirement in travel and meeting fellow members of Redbubble.

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  • Heather King
    Heather Kingover 1 year ago

    So glad you got to experience them this year
    gorgeous shot
    beautiful creatures aren’t they?

  • Stunning Heather. I could sit for hours and just watch that head spin around and those gorgeous eyes stare at me. Thanks so much for visiting

    – Vickie Emms

  • Larry Trupp
    Larry Truppover 1 year ago

    Very neat rare find Vickie…enjoyed the read BTW

  • thanks Larry, we’ve had many here this winter. This one was just the other day right along the hwy. Fred spun around to head back for some shots. It was so cooperative.

    – Vickie Emms

  • Vicki Spindler (VHS Photography)
    Vicki Spindler...over 1 year ago

    Aw so beautiful!!!! Fantastic picture :)))))))))))

  • thanks so much Vicki

    – Vickie Emms

  • dgscotland
    dgscotlandover 1 year ago

  • thanks DG

    – Vickie Emms

  • missmoneypenny
    missmoneypennyover 1 year ago

    What an expression – priceless

  • was fun to photograph it, thanks Chris

    – Vickie Emms

  • pcfyi
    pcfyiover 1 year ago

    Nice Photography!

  • wow, many many thanks pc

    – Vickie Emms

  • Leslie van de Ligt
    Leslie van de ...over 1 year ago

    A feature already ! So well deserved this is a wonderful capture. :>)) Leslie

  • thank you sis, wow, yes I’m delighted

    – Vickie Emms

  • CanyonWind
    CanyonWindover 1 year ago

  • thanks POPS

    – Vickie Emms

  • ctheworld
    ctheworldabout 1 year ago

    Lovely work!

  • many thanks Arlane

    – Vickie Emms

  • Steve Randall
    Steve Randallabout 1 year ago

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