Anne Elliott

Anne Elliott

Posted on 02/11/2014


Photo taken on February 10, 2014


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An accidental shot

An accidental shot
Yesterday, 10 February 2014, I returned to Griffith Woods, where I had been lucky enough to see a Great Gray Owl on 10 January 2014. (Can't believe it has been a month. It feels more like a couple of weeks.) It had been seen on a number of days since then, so I thought I would give it another try, especially as friends were going on a birding walk there yesterday. As I walked into the area, I could see a large, dark object sitting on the top of a very tall tree. During the time I was there, the owl plunged twice into the deep snow and caught a Meadow Vole, as well as flying to several different trees. The photo above was taken after it had flown to a different tree and sat for a while. I had taken several shots and then, just as I was pressing the shutter button, it took off. I rarely ever try in-flight shots with my point-and-shoot, so this was a very lucky "accident". Though it was a lovely, sunny morning, the light was rather harsh and the sun not always in the best position. Not as sharp a photo as I would have liked, but I'll keep it : ) Great Gray Owls are not normally seen in Calgary, so this was a real treat.

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Ken Dies
Ken Dies
Great photo , Anne. Have not seen one Great Gray yet this winter, not sure where they are?
4 years ago.
Anne Elliott has replied to Ken Dies
Lol, Ken, I'm sure that at least one will have seen you, though! They can be really hard to find, they are so incredibly well camouflaged.
4 years ago.
LeapFrog
LeapFrog
I Wish I Could
Invite This to My
Group, But I Cannot,
I Closed the Dam
Thing (LOL)
Well Done!!
Seen in

Leap's Photo Pond!!
4 years ago.