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Great Gray Owl 3

Great Gray Owl 3
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Copyright: PETER TAMAS (sirianul) Silver Note Writer [C: 0 W: 0 N: 509] (3544)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2011-12-26
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 1D Mark IV, Canon EF500/4L IS
Exposure: f/6.3, 1/640 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2012-01-02 17:42
Viewed: 2258
Points: 4
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In the light of the sunset...

The Great Grey Owl can be found in Scandinavia, northern Europe, Russia, and throughout Canada and the northern most part of the U.S. It is a year-round resident of secluded wilderness areas. They prefer the coniferous forests of the north and the mountainous area in the west. They settle in densely forested areas near open meadows and bogs.
Great Grey Owls are carnivores. They will prey on gophers, squirrels, rabbits, mice, rats and even small birds and reptiles, but voles make up the bulk of their diet. They usually hunt in the early mornings or late afternoon but will hunt at night or in broad daylight if the need arises.

They usually hunt from a perch, watching and waiting for prey to come to them. With their keen sense of hearing, they can hear their prey move about in tunnels two feet beneath the snow. The Great Greys will crash through the layer of snow, snatch up their prey and return to their perch to eat. They may fly low through open areas in search of prey but it is not their preferred method of hunting.

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Superb photo, excellent moment, good setting, nice detail and light.
regards yiannis

Hi Peter
great capture, wonderful light and very nice pose
in this special moment a landscape compo may have been better choice, but still fabulous

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