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