A Northern Hawk Owl about to devour a hapless rodent. Photographed on the outskirts of Nanaimo, Vancouver Island, BC , Canada this was a very rare visitor to the Island and stayed in the same location for several weeks.

Canon 40D
1/1250sec f7.1 ISO 400

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  • Zefira
    Zefiraover 5 years ago

    great shot

  • tkrosevear
    tkrosevearover 5 years ago

    An amazing capture Martin ;) xoxox TK

  • Rosemaree
    Rosemareeover 5 years ago

    Fantastic capture Marvin

  • mindarella
    mindarellaover 5 years ago

    Awesome capture Martin…have joined some of the groups? like “birds of prey” there are many wildlife groups you can join…gets your work out there…

  • Bunny Clarke
    Bunny Clarkeover 5 years ago

    What an awesome shot! This is magnificent!

  • Syd Baker
    Syd Bakerover 5 years ago

    Which is why they say, “Chow, baby”

  • Martin Smart
    Martin Smartover 5 years ago

    Thank you very much everyone for your comments!

  • Mariann Rea
    Mariann Reaabout 5 years ago

    Omg this is so sad…..the look on that little mouse’s face :S
    Excellent capture though

  • Sadly one of the problems of being low down on the food chain! Thanks again for your comments!

    – Martin Smart

  • Sandy Stewart
    Sandy Stewartabout 5 years ago

    Perfect timing for a wonderful and rare capture of a Northern Hawk Owl with its prey! I have a feeling I may have met you and or was taking pics of this owl on one of the same mornings? It sure was exciting to see a Northern Hawk Owl in real life and on Vancouver Island where they normally don’t venture! Thank you for sharing this very nice photo of special visitor here! : )

  • Apologies for the delay in responding Sandy, this one seemed to have slipped through the net! Anyway thank you very much for your kind comments! We may well have met at this location as I was there on several occasions and met quite a few people. It certainly was a great photographic opportunity to have such a rare visitor to the Island! Lets hope for more such opportunities this coming winter (if it ever stops raining!!!)

    – Martin Smart

  • Lee-Anne Carver
    Lee-Anne Carveralmost 5 years ago

    WOW! It doesn’t get any better! The mouse looks so animated in that stronghold. You had delightful co-operation from your subjects.

  • Thanks again Lee-Anne!!

    – Martin Smart

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