Mesmerized by JamesA1

A juvenile Great Grey Owl tries to h-y-p-n-o-t-i-z-e me. The owl is also sometimes known as the ‘Great Grey Ghost’…which is appropriate as this owl resides in the Ghost Forest.

The Great Grey Owl or Lapland Owl, Strix nebulosa, is a very large owl, distributed across the Northern Hemisphere. In some areas it is also called the Great Gray Ghost, Phantom of the north, Cinereous Owl, Spectral Owl, Lapland Owl, Spruce Owl, Bearded Owl and Sooty Owl.

Adults have a big, rounded head with a grey face and yellow eyes with darker circles around them. The underparts are light with dark streaks; the upper parts are grey with pale bars. This owl does not have ear tufts and has the largest facial disc of any raptor.

In terms of length, the Great Grey Owl is believed to exceed the Eurasian Eagle-owl and the Blakiston’s Fish Owl as the world’s largest owl.2 The Great Grey is outweighed by those two species as well as several others, including most of the Bubo genus.3 Much of its size is deceptive, since this species’ fluffy feathers, long tail and large head obscure a body lighter than that of most other large owls. The length ranges from 61 to 84 cm (24 to 33 in), averaging 72 cm (27 in) for females and 67 cm (26 in) for males. The wingspan can exceed 152 cm (60 in), but averages 142 cm (56 in) for females and 140 cm (55 in) for males. The adult weight ranges from 700 to 1800 grams (1½ to 4 lb), averaging 1290 grams (2 lb 14 oz) for females and 1000 g (2 lb 3 oz) for males. The males are usually smaller than females, as in most owl species

Ghost Forest, Alberta, Canada

Rebel XSI, 1/500s, f5.6, ISO200, Canon EF 400mm f/5.6L


  • lorilee
    lorileealmost 5 years ago

    What pretty eyes – - – a wonderful capture!!!

  • thanks Loirlee!

    – JamesA1

  • Ginger  Barritt
    Ginger Barrittalmost 5 years ago

    Gorgeous! Wonderful expression…

  • Thanks Ginger…this owl freaked me out…he just stared at me without moving a feather!

    – JamesA1

  • Andrew Paranavitana
    Andrew Paranav...almost 5 years ago

    Fantastic work, love this expression!!

  • Awesome thanks for the feature!

    – JamesA1

  • Magaret Meintjes
    Magaret Meintjesover 4 years ago

    Excellent capture! Well done.

    1Day 13 Oct 2010

  • D R Moore
    D R Mooreover 4 years ago

  • Thank you very much!

    – JamesA1

  • Penny Odom
    Penny Odomover 4 years ago

    What a pretty Owl, Congratulations on your RB feature!

  • Thanks Penny…the eyes were mesmerizing :)

    – JamesA1

  • linsads
    linsadsover 4 years ago

    congrats on your feature in the All that is nature group :o))

  • Thank you..much appreciated!

    – JamesA1

  • Karen  Moore
    Karen Mooreover 4 years ago

  • Thanks Karen…much appreciated :)

    – JamesA1

  • Matt Jones
    Matt Jonesover 4 years ago

    Congratulations on your features.

  • thanks Matt!

    – JamesA1

  • Gary Fairhead
    Gary Fairheadabout 4 years ago

  • Thanks Gary…appreciate the comment!

    – JamesA1

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