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Specialized Landing Gear / Barred Owl by Gary Fairhead

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Those grapling hooks called talons do a pretty good job of stopping and locking a landing in all kinds of situations. This was shot in Presquile Provincial park on the shores of Lake Ontario Brighton Ontario Canada,…and yes the Owl made a great landing :-)

Viewed 223 times August 17 2011

Canon 50D and 400 F5.6L ISO 400 and 1/1000 sec at F5.6




  • Lee-Anne Carver
    Lee-Anne Carverabout 4 years ago

    This is such a neat shot! You are a master!

  • Thanks Lee-Anne…Funny thing is I tell my wife that all the time and she just laughs’-)

    – Gary Fairhead

  • lcretyi
    lcretyiabout 4 years ago

    Lee-Ann is correct, you are the master, what a fantastic shot….how are you always
    at places with magnificent creatures? Laura

  • Thanks Laura….I have only been to this park once and spent the entire day there ( its just about 4 hours each way) . It was majical with two Barred owls within sight of one another ( there were as many as 12 reported within the park) and a Red Tailed Hawk hanging around..many waterfowl as well in the open water just off shore ( lake ontario) .I will definetly go back:-)

    – Gary Fairhead

  • Dave & Trena Puckett
    Dave & Trena P...about 4 years ago

    WOW you are so lucky!!! This is beautiful! an amazing capture!!! LOVE your photos! so beautiful and detailed!

  • Dorothea Baker
    Dorothea Bakerabout 4 years ago

    incredible capture! I can just imagine that tree bobbing with the force of the owls landing…

  • Lee-Anne Carver
    Lee-Anne Carverabout 4 years ago

    Haha! :)

  • Robin Webster
    Robin Websterabout 4 years ago

    Your timing always amazes me Gary! Fantastic capture!

  • Val Saxby
    Val Saxbyabout 4 years ago

    Perfect timing. Val

  • Sandra Moore
    Sandra Mooreabout 4 years ago

    Great capture! :)

  • byronbackyard
    byronbackyardabout 4 years ago

    Beautiful …. love this one, shows that determined little character!

  • artwhiz47
    artwhiz47about 4 years ago

    You put your left foot out & then you shake it all about. What timing. What music were you playing? It seems to have worked.

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