Highway 53 surprise

I was heading down Highway 53 on opening deer hunting day, November 3rd, when I spied an unmistakable shape in a tree right by the road. The shape was that of an Owl.

I immeadiately swung a u-ey, after making sure that the roadway was clear of traffic.

Great Gray Owl in tree

Great Gray Owl in tree

Sure enough, it was a Great Gray Owl!

I hadn’t seen one in a while, in fact I think it’s been since the big Owl irruption the winter of 2004/05. It had been a dry spell for this stately bird that I usually get to see at least once a winter in this northern location.

He was hunkered down in the tree and I got a few shots from my car window.

Great Gray Owl

Great Gray Owl

I got out of the car and crossed the highway – there was very little traffic this morning. As I got closer to the Owl, he straightened up and showed me just how big and tall he is. The Great Gray Owl is the tallest Owl, taller than a Great-horned Owl.

Great Gray Owl

Great Gray Owl

This sideways shot of the Owl is interesting in that you can see how flat his head is. That improves his hearing as sound waves are directed to his flat facial disk.

Great Gray Owl

Great Gray Owl

One last look before I moved on.

 

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