This icon of the North is a Great Gray Owl (Strix nebulosa). They are the largest of all the owls found in Canada and survive on a diet of voles, lemmings, and other small rodents. Their hearing is exceptional and, like all other owls, have feathers that are designed for silent flight. Offset ears assist in triangulating the location of their prey and razor-sharp talons ensure they never escape their grasp. Evolved into a single-purpose killing machine, they rival tigers and sharks in their place at the top of the food chain.
Captured hunting near Dunrobin, Ontario. © Todd Weeks