Sunday, January 19, 2014

Great Gray Owl - the ultimate owl. Jan 18 2014

 Jen Howard and I went out for a weekend of birding.  We saw many amazing sights but the thrill of the great gray was the best.
A few sample shots.

Look at the feather detail on back of head.  You should be able to see the feather shafts


Snow Snow - more more snow


The Karate Kid.  Check out the talons on second foot.  Did you know they have yellow pads on the bottom of their feet.

See colour on pads



Favourite shots of the weekend


Angel



On the ground looking over shoulders






I love the snow
See the berries on the vines

A wonderful weekend spoiled only by the baiters who decided they wanted shots much closer. Using live mouse they threw them in the field to lure the owl forward.
Yesterday it got quite nasty and we left as I did not want to take photos of owls being baited.
Today Jen and I agreed we wanted to watch owl and we stood firm till baiters left and then got some amazing shots.
One foolish man with dozens of happy birders and photograhers watching this wonderful bird.
 

8 comments:

  1. It is a frustrating event when we know some people will go to any length for a photo opportunity. It is people like yourself that raise the bar out of respect for the bird/critter you are capturing. The results are outstanding examples of fine photography. Bravo!

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  2. Thank you Daniel. What ever happen to sit and wait photography. Wait watch and take photos. Ann

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  3. i like Ann brokelman photography

    http://pratheeshraviwnd.blogspot.com

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  4. These photos are so beautiful! It must have been amazing to witness such a magnificent creature--so cool to see how dense and fluffy the feathers are! Thank you for sharing :).

    --Rena

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  5. Thank you all for such nice comments.
    was a wonderful couple of hours

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  6. Beautiful shots Ann. And to think they are not even baited. It was a difficult situation for us. But again patience paid off for us. Great weekend. Thanks.

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  7. Great shots, lucky you!

    Thank you. Love love, Andrew. Bye.

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