Great Gray Owl Up Close ……. Another First for Me

The same week that I photographed the Snowy Owl on the shore of Lake Ontario at the Newcastle Marina, I also saw my first Great Gray Owl. It was north of Whitby and many birders and photographers had reported sightings on a country road. On 2 previous occasions the very cold temperatures and windy conditions had sent me the 40 miles back home without seeing the G.G.O. This time I was prepared with warmer clothing and a longer timeline.

Others saw the Great Gray before I did. He or she was way off in the distance along the treeline but eventually came up to the side of the road and landed in a tree. My telephoto lens wasn’t long enough for the distance shots and was too long for the owl in flight shots (also I was not quick enough!) On the positive side, the late afternoon sun was behind me and provided interesting lighting for my “perched” shots.

Great Gray Perched

Great Gray Perched

Great Gray Eyeing the Photographers

Great Gray Eyeing the Photographers

Great Gray with Setting Sunlight

Great Gray with Setting Sunlight

Look me ion the Eye(s)

Look me in the Eye(s)

Not my best flight shot but the only one

Not my best flight shot but the only one

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About janewalkerscards

Jane Walker is a Newcastle photographer who creates framed photographs, photo trays and matted greeting cards reflecting the beauty of nature and gardens. Her recent interest in birds, owls and other wildlife is now being reflected in her posts. As a member of the Oshawa Camera Club, Jane has started to enter some of her photos for judging and appreciates the critiques by the judges. You'll be surprised at what shows up under the guise of "janewalkerscards".
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23 Responses to Great Gray Owl Up Close ……. Another First for Me

  1. Tim Thorington says:

    As usual your photos are gorgeous.
    Tim

  2. Michelle Sugg says:

    Remarkable Jane!

  3. Debbie Aristone Jeans says:

    HI Jane!
    Wow, Wow.! What fantastic shots of the Grey Owl….Sometimes it pays to wait out the cold.
    I love the ” taking flight shot” of him/her. The blurred rippling of his wings, I think capture the strength and majesty of the bird….:),
    Debbie Jeans

  4. You may not have had the Lens you wanted at the time, but the results are fantastic! Even the blurred shot reveals exaggerated motion. To some this is itself… pure unspoiled beauty.

  5. Lyle Krahn says:

    Beautiful shots of a magnificent creature.

  6. linda says:

    Jane the pictures are so beautiful. I have forwarded them onto to my friends in BC. so that they can enjoy them as well.

  7. Loreen says:

    Wow! Those are terrific shots! You are so lucky to have seen him.

  8. Shirley says:

    Wow Beautiful photography Jane, that Owl is a beauty. Take care,

  9. What an amazing bird and so miraculous you got those pictures. I know in reality the eyes on that bird are merely sizing up the environment for it’s next meal, but if feels like the owl is looking into your soul knowing something that you don’t. Mystical!

    Thanks for sharing this.

  10. Mike Smyth says:

    These are just wild!

    ~Mike

  11. Judy Metcalf says:

    Those are great shots. I think you should be very pleased. You actually had a pretty good winter for spotting new birds and mammals. Judy

    Date: Mon, 17 Mar 2014 14:52:12 +0000 To: judy.metcalf@hotmail.ca

  12. Jocelyne says:

    Wow !!! Magnificent photos ! I’m so happy for you that you could see this owl, another one to add to your list 🙂 Super and beautiful, and I love the one in flight too 🙂

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