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Great Gray Owl Invasion of winter 2004-2005 in the surrounding Ottawa area.

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Great Gray Owl
Great Gray Owl
Thud!!!
Thud!!!
Great Gray Owl
Great Gray Owl
Great Gray Owl
Great Gray Owl
Birders and photographers (My comments)
Birders and photographers (My comments)
In typical raptor behaviour the Great Gray owl spreads its wings to hide its prey from other predators
In typical raptor behaviour the Great Gray owl spreads its wings to hide its prey from other predators
While fireplaces keep some of us warm on cold days the Great Gray owl is quite comfortable in the winter environment
While fireplaces keep some of us warm on cold days the Great Gray owl is quite comfortable in the winter environment
Great Gray Owl
Great Gray Owl
t6%2f13%2f6313%2f4%2f69310039.UdJ4TZHM.jpg A Great Gray Owl surveys the winter landscape
A Great Gray Owl surveys the winter landscape
A photographer sets up despite freezing temperatures
A photographer sets up despite freezing temperatures
Great Gray Owl
Great Gray Owl
t6%2f13%2f6313%2f4%2f69312082.LEoH9bxP.jpg Great Gray Owl plunges toward snow covered ground
Great Gray Owl plunges toward snow covered ground
Camouflage.  A Great Gray Owl blends into the surrounding environment.
Camouflage. A Great Gray Owl blends into the surrounding environment.
Great Gray Owl
Great Gray Owl
Great Gray Owl --  A quick bite dispatches the mouse.
Great Gray Owl -- A quick bite dispatches the mouse.
Great Gray Owl
Great Gray Owl
Great Gray Owl
Great Gray Owl
Great Gray Owl
Great Gray Owl
Great Gray Owl flying with mouse in beak
Great Gray Owl flying with mouse in beak
Great Gray Owl
Great Gray Owl
Great Gray Owl
Great Gray Owl
Smile
Smile
Great Gray Owl
Great Gray Owl
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Great Gray Owl
The Catch --  Part 1
The Catch -- Part 1
The Catch --  Part 2
The Catch -- Part 2
Great Gray Owl
Great Gray Owl
Great Gray Owl
Great Gray Owl
A Family Affair
A Family Affair
Great Gray Owl
Great Gray Owl
t1%2f13%2f6313%2f4%2f54802795.ggooo8x.jpg Great Gray Owl
Great Gray Owl
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Great Gray Owl
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Great Gray Owl
Great Gray Owl
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Great Gray Owl
t1%2f13%2f6313%2f4%2f54802788.ggooo1x2.jpg Great Gray Ghost
Great Gray Ghost
u11%2fgolfpic%2fsmall%2f42930654.owlp5x.jpg Look up.  Look waaaaay up.
Look up. Look waaaaay up.
Father and son.
Father and son.
Great Gray Owl
Great Gray Owl
Great Gray Owl
Great Gray Owl
Great Gray Owl
Great Gray Owl
Great Gray Owl
Great Gray Owl
Great Gray Owl
Great Gray Owl
Great Gray Owl
Great Gray Owl
Great Gray Owl
Great Gray Owl
You can tell she is a serious bird photographer.   That is a Better Beamer flash extender on top of the camera.
You can tell she is a serious bird photographer. That is a Better Beamer flash extender on top of the camera.
Great Gray Owl.  Blue
Great Gray Owl. "Blue"
Great Gray Owl
Great Gray Owl
Great Gray Owl night shot
Great Gray Owl night shot
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Great Gray Owl
Great Gray Owl
Great Gray Owl
Great Gray Owl
Who's your daddy!!
Who's your daddy!!
Great Gray Owl
Great Gray Owl
Great Gray Owl with catch
Great Gray Owl with catch
Great Gray Owl
Great Gray Owl
Great Gray Owl
Great Gray Owl
Great Gray Owl sunset
Great Gray Owl sunset
Great Gray Owl
Great Gray Owl
A very young birder.
A very young birder.
Great Gray Owl
Great Gray Owl
Great Gray Owl
Great Gray Owl
Great Gray Owl
Great Gray Owl
u13%2fgolfpic%2fsmall%2f41610882.gggo16x.jpg Great Gray Owl - Smile
Great Gray Owl - Smile
Great Gray Owl.  The not so amazing race.
Great Gray Owl. The not so amazing race.
Great Gray Owl
Great Gray Owl
Great Gray Owl
Great Gray Owl
Great Gray Owl
Great Gray Owl
Great Gray feather
Great Gray feather
Great Gray Owl
Great Gray Owl
Great Gray Owl feather
Great Gray Owl feather
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Two Great Gray Owls
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Great Gray Owl
Great Gray Owl
Great Gray Owl
Great Gray Owl
Great Gray Owl --- Become the Tree
Great Gray Owl --- "Become the Tree"
Great Gray Owl with catch
Great Gray Owl with catch
A couple enjoying the Great Grays on March Valley Road.
A couple enjoying the Great Grays on March Valley Road.
Great Gray Owl --- Wink.
Great Gray Owl --- Wink.
Great Gray Owl listening for prey
Great Gray Owl listening for prey
Great Gray Owl
Great Gray Owl
Great Gray Owl
Great Gray Owl
Great Gray Owl
Great Gray Owl
A visitor from Newfoundland
A visitor from Newfoundland
Great Gray Owl at sunset
Great Gray Owl at sunset
Fingers
Fingers
Great Gray Owl
Great Gray Owl
Close up.  The Great Grays are quite tame as far as owls go and will allow people to get quite close.
Close up. The Great Grays are quite tame as far as owls go and will allow people to get quite close.
Great Gray Owl  --- I can see you
Great Gray Owl --- I can see you
Looks like dinner in its talons
Looks like dinner in its talons
Great Gray Owl hears something below
Great Gray Owl hears something below
Great Gray Owl and vole catch
Great Gray Owl and vole catch
Great Gray Owl and vole in beak
Great Gray Owl and vole in beak
Great Gray Owl prepares to dive into snow
Great Gray Owl prepares to dive into snow
Great Gray Owl
Great Gray Owl
Great Gray Owl
Great Gray Owl
Great Gray Owl peeking out from behind branches
Great Gray Owl peeking out from behind branches
Great Gray Owl
Great Gray Owl
Great Gray Owl against building
Great Gray Owl against building
Great Gray Owl
Great Gray Owl
Great Gray Owl encounter in the air
Great Gray Owl encounter in the air
Great Gray Owl encounter in the air
Great Gray Owl encounter in the air
Great Gray Owl encounter in the air
Great Gray Owl encounter in the air
Great Gray Owl encounter in the air
Great Gray Owl encounter in the air
Great Gray Owl.  And the winner is.
Great Gray Owl. And the winner is.
A young owl watcher on March Valley Road
A young owl watcher on March Valley Road
Great Gray Owl
Great Gray Owl
Great Gray Owl
Great Gray Owl
Great Gray Owl plunges toward ground
Great Gray Owl plunges toward ground
Great Gray Owl impacts ground head and feet first
Great Gray Owl impacts ground head and feet first
Great Gray Owl in flight
Great Gray Owl in flight
Drops of blood forming on its fur the vole is helpless in grasp of the Great Grays powerful talons.
Drops of blood forming on its fur the vole is helpless in grasp of the Great Grays powerful talons.
Great Gray Owl
Great Gray Owl
Moon Owl
Moon Owl
Great Gray Owl hunting in field
Great Gray Owl hunting in field
Great Gray Owl takes off from hoar frost covered tree
Great Gray Owl takes off from hoar frost covered tree
Great Gray Owl dives head first for vole
Great Gray Owl dives head first for vole
Great Gray Owl - taken right after it ate a vole
Great Gray Owl - taken right after it ate a vole
Great Gray Owl with vole
Great Gray Owl with vole
Great Gray Owl peers from behind foliage
Great Gray Owl peers from behind foliage
Great Gray Owl - View to a kill
Great Gray Owl - View to a kill
Great Gray Owl - View to a kill
Great Gray Owl - View to a kill
Great Gray Owl - View to a kill
Great Gray Owl - View to a kill
Great Gray Owl - View to a kill
Great Gray Owl - View to a kill
Great Gray Owl - View to a kill
Great Gray Owl - View to a kill
Great Gray Owl - View to a kill
Great Gray Owl - View to a kill
Great Gray Owl - View to a kill
Great Gray Owl - View to a kill
Great Gray Owl - View to a kill
Great Gray Owl - View to a kill
Great Gray Owl
Great Gray Owl
Oh, oh.  I see another of those owl photographers coming.  Think quick.
"Oh, oh. I see another of those owl photographers coming. Think quick."
Got it!  Pretend I am asleep.
"Got it! Pretend I am asleep."
I hear a mouse on the other side.
"I hear a mouse on the other side."
Dang owl instincts.  I had to turn my head didn't I?  The gig is up.
"Dang owl instincts. I had to turn my head didn't I? The gig is up."
I am NOT a happy owl.
I am NOT a happy owl.
Bored
Bored
A couple of young birders attempt the low approach to a Great Gray owl perched in a tree to the right.
A couple of young birders attempt the low approach to a Great Gray owl perched in a tree to the right.
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Great Gray Owl
Great Gray Owl
Great Gray Owl hunting
Great Gray Owl hunting
Sharp bloody talons
Sharp bloody talons
Great Gray Owl
Great Gray Owl
Great Gray Owl perched on ice-covered branches
Great Gray Owl perched on ice-covered branches
Aging a Great Gray Owl
Aging a Great Gray Owl
Great Gray Owl
Great Gray Owl
Great Gray Owl with prey
Great Gray Owl with prey
Great Gray Owl with prey
Great Gray Owl with prey
Great Gray Owl making room for more
Great Gray Owl making room for more
Great Gray Owl peers out from its wintry perch
Great Gray Owl peers out from its wintry perch
Great Gray Owl sitting by the side of a very busy road in eastend of Ottawa (2006)
Great Gray Owl sitting by the side of a very busy road in eastend of Ottawa (2006)
Great Gray Owl sitting by side of road watching all the cars go by (2006)
Great Gray Owl sitting by side of road watching all the cars go by (2006)
Great Gray Owl
Great Gray Owl