GREAT GRAY OWL – PART TWO

I am now sharing the second part of my Great Gray Owl experience in northern Minnesota a few years ago.  I photographed this owl over about 1 1/2 hours as it hunted along the side of a little traveled road.  I was quiet, stayed behind my car and/or photographed it from the car window.  Eventually it flew off and I didn’t see it again that day or the next.

 

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It is so well camouflaged that it would be difficult to find if you didn’t know it was there!

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Ready to take off it flew to yet another perch where I was able to photograph it again.

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This last one is my favourite.  It reminds me of a Rousseau painting!

 

I had great plans to duplicate this trip in June this year but other exciting things are coming up that will bring me home instead.

 

All the images in this and all my posts are the property of the photographer, Eleanor Kee Wellman, and may not be used for any reason without my written consent.

IS ANYONE ABLE TO AGE THIS SANDHILL CRANE?

This morning four Sandhill Cranes spent about 1 1/2 hours on the ice on my little lake.  This bird was attacked several times by one of the others although they were all together most of the time this one did isolate itself and flew away.  It did come back and all four flew off together.

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I heard Sandhill Cranes calling most mornings for a good part of last summer.  I am wondering if two of the four birds could be last year’s young.

MANY THANKS TO GRIPS!

An invitation to speak to the members of the Grand River Imaging and Photographic Society on April 14th gave the opportunity to put together a new digital slide presentation titled “Photographing Wildlife in Spring”.  Spring is the time for those of us in the northern parts of our hemisphere to rejoice the arrival of migrating birds and their breeding behaviour, nesting and new life for all our native mammals and birds.

I am available to give this presentation to photography and nature groups.

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I thoroughly enjoyed the evening and thank all for their hospitality!