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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 11:50am in Yellowstone National Park, US.
Camera, Canon 7D
Lens, Canon EF 100-400 L IS USM lens
Tripod, Manfrotto, including 498RC2 ballhead
Taken at, 1/1000’s at f/7.1, +1 Ev, man white bal, iso 800
Slight cropping off right side. Edited in Lightroom4
Sharpened, via Photoshop CS2, lab mode, lightness channel, unsharp mask


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  • UncaDeej
    UncaDeejover 1 year ago

    Great catch,well done…Deej.

  • Marvin Collins
    Marvin Collinsover 1 year ago

    Wow!! Awesome capture Sandy!! A fav!!

  • Albert
    Albertover 1 year ago
    Awesome capture Sandy!
  • Thomas Young
    Thomas Youngover 1 year ago

    That is one amazing photo Sandy!

  • Heather007
    Heather007over 1 year ago

    Another stunning Owl image, wow.

  • Steve Randall
    Steve Randallover 1 year ago

    Superb in flight capture Sandy.

  • Robyn Carter
    Robyn Carterover 1 year ago

    Great catch!

  • Raider6569
    Raider6569over 1 year ago

    An informative and aesthetically-pleasing depiction of a beautiful bird of prey. So many things about this image
    are well done from the composition (wings on a diagonal angle), capture of the eyes and talons, fine detail in the wings. If this were a play there would be a curtain call demanded. Bravo Sandy.

  • TomBaumker
    TomBaumkerover 1 year ago

    Great action shot my friend. I love it. Hugs

  • Steve Randall
    Steve Randallover 1 year ago

    Featured Saturday 12 Jan 2013

    Beautiful Work

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