Great Gray Owl- 4
|Copyright: PETER TAMAS (sirianul)
|Date Taken: 2013-02-24|
|Camera: Canon EOS 1D Mark IV, Canon 600 mm f/4 II|
|Exposure: f/5.0, 1/1000 seconds|
|Details: Tripod: Yes|
|More Photo Info: [view]|
|Photo Version: Original Version|
|Date Submitted: 2013-02-27 19:54|
|[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note|
|I went this weekend again to Ottawa to take more pictures of this remarkable owl. This time was not to many people so I was capable to use my 600 mm f/4 II lens. The results are ... I hope you will like it.|
An estimated 83% of the North American population of Great Gray Owl breeds in the Boreal Forest. Although essentially non-migratory there are periodic incursions of the species further south when food supplies in the breeding range dwindle. Prefers areas of extensive mature coniferous forest where it feeds largely on voles but also shrews, squirrels, small hares, and even birds. Great Gray Owls lay 2-5 eggs that are incubated by the female only for 28-30 days. The clutch size varies depending on the amount of available prey so that more eggs are laid when more food is available. The species reliance on large blocks of mature forest makes it susceptible to landscape level changes in habitat from inappropriate forestry practices.
Description 24-33" (61-84 cm). W. 5' (1.5 m). A huge, dusky gray, earless owl of the North Woods, with yellow eyes, large facial disks, and distinctive black chin spot bordered by white patches, resembling a bow tie. Barred and Spotted owls are smaller, stockier, and browner, with dark eyes.
Resident from Alaska and across interior Canada south to northern California, northern Wyoming, Minnesota, and Quebec. In winter wanders rarely southward into northern New England and Great Lakes region. Also in Eurasia.
Discussion Like other owls of the Far North, this species hunts during the day, often watching for prey from a low perch. Because it spends much of its time in dense conifers, it is often overlooked. One of the most elusive of birds, the Great Gray was discovered in America by Europeans before they realized that the species also occurs in Europe.
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- [2013-02-27 21:48]
Better and better!
This one is top
perfect capture, TFS Ori
- [2013-02-28 13:43]
This only white background is amazing (and quite disturbing for me at a first glance). Then we see the perfect details, the perfect exposure, the perfect timing... Nobody's perfect, but your photo is.
Hi Peter. Wow! You really get some great shots. This is magic. The colours and clarity are great. The glow in his eyes goes well with the snow's glow. Great framing and DOF. A winner in my books. TFS Trevor