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A Great Gray Owl’s wings are virtually silent while in flight, as it typically flies low to the ground in search of prey.The Great Gray Owl hunts mainly at night, in meadows and open fields with shrubbery. It will frequently forage in the daylight hours, like the one shown. Low trees, bushes and fence posts are used as lookouts. Its piercing eyes help locate prey from very far away and its highly acute hearing helps it detect the sounds of small rodents scampering under the snow or through the grasses in a field. Sometimes the Great Gray Owl dives feet first and seizes rodents with its sharp talons.
Taken on Sept 16/12 at 11:19am between Canyon and Fishing Bridge in Yellowstone National Park, US.
Camera, Canon 7D
Lens, Canon EF 100-400 mm L IS USM lens
Taken at 1/1250’s at f/6.3, + 2/3 EV, 380 mm, man white bal, iso 800
Cropped a little off top and right side to bring owl in a little closer to the viewer ( from 5184 X 3456 pixels to 4720X 3147 pixels).
Sharpened in lightness mode.