Great Gray Owl in snow
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|Great Gray Owls have a talent for detecting and seizing prey under thick layers of snow and ice. One Great Gray Owl reportedly plunged through a crust of snow thick enough to support a 175-pound person!|
Great Gray Owls inhabit boreal forests in Canada, northern Europe, and Siberia. Their North American range also includes limited areas of forest in the Cascades, Sierra Nevada, Rocky Mountains, and smaller ranges in the mountain states. Great Gray Owls prefer forest habitat adjacent to open meadows, bogs, or muskeg.
Most Great Gray Owl individuals, in most years, are nonmigratory. In certain years, however, prompted by rodent population crashes in their normal range, Great Gray Owls may become nomadic, irrupting as far southward as southern Canada and the northern United States. Invasions cause furious activity on rare-bird alert hotlines since, for most American birders, such events offer the best opportunity for viewing this spectacular bird. Great Gray Owls are often quite tame and easily approached in winter.
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- [2013-02-15 21:13]
Beautiful and dramatic picture! The blurred wings add the sensation of action. Very good composition against the white background.
- [2013-02-16 1:42]
yes it's great to see a different pose, more dynamic than usual
Hi Peter. Love the shape of the wings. Very mystic looking with the blur to the wings. Love the clarity and colours. The DOF allows the wings to have a nice dropback. A very cool picture Peter. TFS Trevor