Great Grey Owl

Posted by Mako_Elite on Mon Jun 03, 2019 11:48 am

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Finally back to NS. Sorry folks for not posting or responding for a while. So busy with family stuff and chasing Great Grey Owls on weekends for last 5 weeks. Just got back home yesterday.
This bird was on my wish list for a long time. I walked miles and miles in remote woods with no luck for many days and finally I found a nest with Great Grey Owls and it was not empty. I have never seen GGO before, so when I first saw it I was so happy.
In this shot mommy (assuming) flew out of nest and landed on nearby tree. It was so tame and relaxed.
I can't wait for winter trips to see if I can find them again.

Nikon D2Hs, 500mm f/4 P ED IF + TC-16A
1/160, ISO-800, f/9 on tripod

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by John Spreitzer on Mon Jun 03, 2019 1:44 pm
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Great pic Ludo! Glad your efforts were rewarded. Must have been an incredible feeling. Hoping to see one myself someday.
I really like the palette of colors here!

by Mike in O on Mon Jun 03, 2019 1:50 pm
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Nice shot...though seemingly not bothered by people, it is important to note that they don't like having the nest disturbed by people (or any predator). I saw one roll a coyote into the river. Often the chicks get too big and must be raised on the ground. If they do attack, defending the nest, they will go for your eyes. Unlike Great Horned Owls which come silently from the rear (personal experience). There is an estimated 1,000 pairs in Oregon.

by Sharon Hallowell on Mon Jun 03, 2019 2:47 pm
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Congratulations on your find!

by Moby Dick on Mon Jun 03, 2019 5:04 pm
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Excellent shot and good job with the eye contact, detail, and color.

by Ron Day on Mon Jun 03, 2019 6:58 pm
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With your love of owls, it is only fitting you found the Great Gray. Very nicely done, Ludo.

by Carol Clarke on Tue Jun 04, 2019 5:04 am
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What a wonderful reward for all your hard work, Ludo!  A great addition to your amazing owl collection.  :) 

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by david fletcher on Tue Jun 04, 2019 11:25 am
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Well done for getting your rewards Ludo. Good work... Whilst sometimes frustrating seeking a target image, there are many fringe benefits such as being out there.

As ever, a joy to see. Congratulations
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