Anne Elliott

Anne Elliott

Posted on 08/21/2013


Photo taken on July 21, 2013


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Great Horned Owl juvenile

Great Horned Owl juvenile
I love the tiny feathers that owls have, especially around the face. You can see how these tiny feathers can trap the heat to protect the owl in cold weather.

Five of us had such a great day on 21 July 2013. It was a bird outing at Bow Valley Provincial Park, west of Calgary, at the foot of the very eastern edge of the Rocky Mountains. I knew that I would be looking for wildflowers, insects and so on, as well : ) When we got to the meeting place in the city, the leader pulled out a poster for the Parks Day event that also happened to be going on at the park at the same time. To my absolute delight, it mentioned a Bird of Prey exhibit! After our first walk, which was the Flowing Waters trail, we returned to where everyone had parked and we had an hour in which to wander round the various exhibits. I couldn't believe my eyes when I saw a row of owls of different sizes - a tiny Burrowing Owl, a Short-eared Owl, a Barn Owl (which we don't get in Alberta), a young Great Horned Owl with enormous eyes (seen in the image above), a Turkey Vulture, and a Golden Eagle! They were tethered along the edge of the trees and needless to say, there were plenty of other people taking photos, but despite the mix of shade and harsh sunlight, I got the chance to click to my heart's content : ) Later found out that many of my photos really were not well taken, but I got at least one that came out OK for each species ... phew! Thanks so much to the people down at the Coaldale Bird of Prey Centre (near Lethbridge, down towards the Canada/US border) for bringing your gorgeous birds of prey for us to see! I have been south to the Centre three times I think, and always wish I could go back again, but it's not somewhere I can drive to, so this was such a treat!

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OregonHiker, Cats 99, LeapFrog, Puzzler4879 and 3 other people have particularly liked this photo


16 comments - The latest ones
Diko G W
Diko G W
Superb close up
Seen & enjoyed in oiseaux de mon monde
4 years ago.
Puzzler4879
Puzzler4879
Just amazing, Anne!
Enjoyed in www.ipernity.com/group/fortheloveofowls.
4 years ago.
odell_rd
odell_rd
An amazing eyeful!
4 years ago.
LeapFrog
LeapFrog
Cannot get any better that this Anne ... an outstanding detailed closeup ... the clarity is impeccable!! An exceptional piece of work!!
4 years ago.
Stan Askew
Stan Askew
wonderful close-up ... superb photo !!!
4 years ago.
Meadowmom
Meadowmom
great photo...and what a magnificent organ that eye is!
4 years ago.
Nourel Lind
Nourel Lind
Fantastique !!
4 years ago.
Anne Elliott
Anne Elliott
Thanks so much, everyone, for your very generous comments. Actually, I almost didn't post this image because I "blew out" the white feathers rather badly, lol!
4 years ago.
Ken Dies
Ken Dies
Great macro of this owls face and eye. The feather structure is awesome.
4 years ago.
©hristine
©hristine
Thanks a lot for this surprise!

groupe : Beautiful Capture
4 years ago.
Pam J
Pam J
Stunning.

As a falconer of many years... my big Eagle Owls were my heart. Beautiful ... just beautiful.
4 years ago.
Puzzler4879
Puzzler4879
A remarkable image, Anne!

Well Done!!
Seen in

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Pond!!
4 years ago.
ctofcsco
ctofcsco
Well Done!!
Seen in

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Pond!!
4 years ago.
Cats 99
Cats 99
Beautiful details and colours! A nice close shot!
4 years ago.
LeapFrog
LeapFrog
Well Done!!
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Pond!!
4 years ago.
Esther
Esther
Spectacular detail.
4 years ago.