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Daylight Manoeuvres

Martin Smart

Nanaimo, Canada

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WINNER of the Best of Letter O Challenge in the Alphabet Soup Group

Featured in “Mood & Ambience” October 2009
Featured in “Canon DSLR” October 2009
Featured in “Wild Birds in Flight” October 2009
Featured in “Alphabet Soup” December 2009
Featured in “Live, Love, Dream” May 2010
Featured in “The World As We See It , or as we missed it” February 2011
Featured in “Nature and Man” February 2011
Featured in “The Birds” March 2011

A Short-eared Owl flying low over marshland on the Nanaimo River Estuary, Vancouver Island, BC, Canada in search of prey. Although hunting occurs mostly at night, this owl is diurnal as well as nocturnal and Its daylight hunting seems to coincide with high-activity periods of voles, its preferred prey. There are a large number of Townsend’s Voles on this area of marshland. The Short-eared Owl tends to fly only a few feet above the ground until it it swoops down on to its prey feet-first. I have often seen three or four of these Owls hunting over this area at the same time.

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