Hunting Great Grey

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Nikon D810, Nikon 300mm F2.8
ISO 400, 1/2000, F6.3

Taken a few years ago during an irruption year which brought some Great Grey Owls to northern Upstate NY. This one was sleeping in this tree for at least the 2 hours I waited for it to begin hunting in late afternoon.  Moments after it woke up he seemed to sense prey nearby and crashed into the snow but came up empty. A bit later he did catch a vole but behind some brush where a good photo of it with prey was not possible.

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by Mary Brun on Sun Nov 28, 2021 1:56 pm
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Really a stunning image, a wonderful starting pose, super details and light.

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by david fletcher on Sun Nov 28, 2021 2:17 pm
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Mary Brun wrote:
Really a stunning image, a wonderful starting pose, super details and light.

+1 . Agree with Mary.  Fab shot Warren.  Large view a treat.  
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by Carol Clarke on Sun Nov 28, 2021 3:05 pm
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My friends have said it perfectly, Warren and I agree on all points. Beautifully done, and I love the furry boots!

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by Axel Hildebrandt on Sun Nov 28, 2021 4:05 pm
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Great pose and moment captured.
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by peter makuch on Sun Nov 28, 2021 6:03 pm
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having lots of patience pays of at the end, well taken on the take off the perch shot, good stuff WARREN.

by Dan Kearl on Sun Nov 28, 2021 6:15 pm
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Nice to even image one and you have a nice take-off pose..

by Karl Egressy on Sun Nov 28, 2021 6:40 pm
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Excellent action shot.
Years ago I followed one on its hunting trip all day with the help of a local who knew its schedule.
He asked me to send him some pictures that I did.

by ken archer on Mon Nov 29, 2021 2:07 pm
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Sweet take-off capture! I really like the intensity displayed here!

by RichardMittleman/Gon2Foto on Mon Nov 29, 2021 2:34 pm
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by Cynthia Crawford on Mon Nov 29, 2021 7:31 pm
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Wow! Excellent!! I admire your patience , waiting to get this shot. Work the wait!
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by ADKShooter on Mon Nov 29, 2021 8:12 pm
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Cynthia Crawford wrote:
Wow! Excellent!!  I admire your patience , waiting to get this shot. Work the wait!

I actually didn't know what to expect when he woke up. I hoped to get a few nice portraits but he only stayed in the tree for a minute before missing his first opportunity at prey, and then flying to another tree before getting a vole in some tall grass and briars and then heading to the edge of some nearby woods.  I checked my camera and saw I had some good shots so I went back to my car and warmed up.  Worth the wait.

by paul fletcher on Mon Nov 29, 2021 8:18 pm
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A wonderful image, Warren, of certainly an uncommon species, captured at a special moment.

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