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15 March 2016


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Rolling hills and distant peaks

Rolling hills and distant peaks
All three photos posted today were taken the day before yesterday, 15 March 2016. I drove NW of Calgary again, hoping that maybe one of the Great Gray Owls might just be seen. When I arrived, a car was pulled over at the side of the road and the occupants were photographing an owl. It was hidden from my view by a group of bushes and I only saw it when it flew over to the distant trees.

This particular photo was taken during my drive there, to give an idea of the kind of countryside I go through to reach my destination. The drive is along a huge valley, past farms and fields and the very occasional wildlife, such as these Mule Deer. Love the colouring of the fields at the moment, though they may now be at least partly covered in the snow that fell last night, at least here in Calgary.

I hadn't been sure whether to do such a long drive that day (roughly 250 km round trip) as the weather forecast wasn't exactly the best. Just after I left home, a few snowflakes fell for maybe five minutes, but not enough to settle. When I got closer to my destination, the gravel roads were snow-covered and not very pleasant to drive on. However, I'm glad I did decide to go, as I did get to see an owl on several different trees while it hunted. Eventually, it flew off into the forest and didn't return.

"Although the Great Gray Owl is the tallest American owl with the largest wingspan, it is just a ball of feathers. It preys on small mammals and has relatively small feet. Both the Great Horned and Snowy owls weigh half again as much, and have larger feet and talons. The oldest recorded Great Gray Owl was at least 18 years, 9 months old and lived in Alberta." From AllAboutBirds.

www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Great_Gray_Owl/lifehistory

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Great_grey_owl

Last night, we had some proper snow - March does tend to be the snowiest month here. The temperature is -1C early this afternoon and the sun is trying to burst through the overcast sky.

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