The Northern Hawk Owl (Surnia ulula) gets its name from its similarity to hawks in that it has narrow, pointed wings and flys with fast, short wing-beats. They are very accomplished hunters, day or night, and this bird was no exception. I had the opportunity to observe and photograph this bird as it fed on rodents in a rural field. Beautiful, powerful, graceful and VERY fast.

Imaged near Brennan’s Hill, Quebec. © Todd Weeks


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Copyright © Todd Weeks
TCW Studios
Limoges, ON

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  • jesika
    jesikaover 3 years ago

    Wonderful action shot

  • KathleenRinker
    KathleenRinkerover 3 years ago

    Excellent capture Todd!!

  • DigitallyStill
    DigitallyStillover 3 years ago

    Just had to Favorite this one Todd. Awesome capture!

  • kathy s gillentine
    kathy s gillen...over 3 years ago

    awesome capture

  • Bunny Clarke
    Bunny Clarkeover 3 years ago

    Gorgeous capture. What a beautiful bird.

  • Joseph T. Meirose IV
    Joseph T. Meir...over 3 years ago

    Fantastic, as if he is posing! How far away were you?

  • Hi Joe,

    I was using a 70-200 (set to about 135mm) lens with a 1.4 TC. The bird was about 30’ away when I took this shot. Thanks for stopping by and commenting.


    – Todd Weeks

  • naturelover
    natureloverover 3 years ago

    Fabulous work!

  • Jeanne Frasse
    Jeanne Frasseover 3 years ago

    This is a fabulous capture…. I wonder how long you were there waiting for this. I have a family of osprey down the street that return every spring/summer and spend hours waiting for the ‘right’ shot…. often disappointed…but when it happens it’s amazing, and you really got this one right! Great work!

  • It seems like I waited all my life. ;^)


    – Todd Weeks

  • Daniel  Parent
    Daniel Parentover 3 years ago

    Wonderful image; nice to have met you on friday Todd

  • Thanks Daniel. It was nice to finally meet you as well.


    – Todd Weeks

  • AuntDot
    AuntDotover 3 years ago

    Fantastic capture, Todd. It does look like a hawk with an owls face! What a beautiful bird!

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