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Northern Hawk Owl
09-NOV-2012

Northern Hawk Owl

Bowesville Road, Ottawa, Ontario

Not the best shot as I arrived at this location very late in the day but I had to see this beautiful little owl. This is the earliest I have ever seen a Northern Hawk Owl in our region. All the signs are there for more to come and a very good chance to see Great Gray Owls. The food supply in the north is apparently low, the voles are at the peak of their seven year cycle and are everywhere. Numerous northern finches such as Pine Grosbeaks, Siskins, Redpolls and Evening Grosbeaks are appearing. This Northern Hawk Owl was putting on quite a show flying from perch to perch and dropping to the ground after voles. I suspect south of the airport will be busy over the next few weeks. The Owl will more than likely settle in and stay for the winter. Photographed on Bowesville Road, Ottawa, Ontario. Canon 7D, 400mm f5.6L, tripod.


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Dennis22-Nov-2012 14:48
Nice work Bill...one of my favourite owls.
Cheers !
waterfalls man11-Nov-2012 23:17
Great Capture V!!
Ton, Ben & Rob Nagtegaal11-Nov-2012 15:38
Excellent shot of this beautiful owl!! V
Hank Vander Velde11-Nov-2012 02:48
Terrific find and shot Bill. I heard about it being there this morning and will likely pay it a visit early next week.
pkocinski10-Nov-2012 14:03
Fabulous capture Bill! Now I'm going to start looking "closer" around here...
Ted Busby10-Nov-2012 05:17
Great news, and wonderful early visitor...Nice work Bill.
larose forest photos10-Nov-2012 04:09
He is a beauty. I hope he fares well and isn't too disturbed. Beautiful shot! V
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