Saturday, October 23, 2010

Great Grey owls - five of them.

Yesterday I hit the jackpot - I observed five of them.  I flushed on out of some scattered pines.


Two others soon joined it.


They were working an area with scattered pines and aspen


I was finally able to sneak up behind several pines to get about 30 feet away from this one and get this shot through the trees.


It finally flew off with the other two.


As I was coming out of the mountains, I found a pair of them hunting the CRP ground about four miles from the other owls.  The light was bad but I was able to get this shot after it harvested a rodent.


Its mate continued to fly over me as it hunted the same area.


  By the way, I spent today looking for the five and I found all five of them again.

What a great way to end another wild day in Idaho.

27 comments:

Cloudia said...

Awesome perched

or in flight.

Magnificent!




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Janie said...

You get the most amazing bird photos. These are great shots of the beautiful owls.

Birding is Fun! said...

Wow! Those are fantastic birds to see. I've only seen them once near Donnelly, Idaho last year. Missed them for my Idaho list this year. You seem to have good luck finding the specialty owls!

Jayne said...

Wow! Amazing... lucky, lucky you Bill!

desertsandbeyond said...

What beautiful photos of the owls! I love owls and used to see them occasionally when we had our property up in the mountains. Once in a while, one comes and stays in our cottonwood tree for a few days here in the desert. We can hear it at night, hooting. But, your photos are exceptional!

Veronica Wald said...

Fantastic, as always, Bill!

Jellen said...

Wonderful photos Bill! I'm always green with envy when other Bloggers see and get owl photos, something that eludes me except for a burrowing owl last year. Really great you could get so close for some decent shots.

Pam said...

Bill, your shots of the owls are picture perfect.
How exciting it must have been to see all five of them.. lucky you.. I'm jealous ;)

Thanks for the beautiful photo show!

be well, be happy
~Pam

Living In Williamsburg Virginia said...

Incredible shots. What patience you have to wait on the perfect photo.

Darryl and Ruth : )

Frostbite and Sunburn said...

Exciting sightings and wonderful shots Bill

Nature ID (Katie) said...

Great photo captures, Bill. I think I'd be into birds more if I could take pics halfway as decent as yours.

Gaelyn said...

These are All Fantastic! What an awesome sighting. It sure is wild in Idaho.

Gennaro said...

Love these photographs. The curiousity of the owl shines through because of the close-ups.

Barefoot from Heaven said...

Or you have THE most expensive lens on your camera or you have wings yourself...wow Bill these are true beauties. I love these creatures.
Thanks for sharing and have swell week. Hugs D.

Mary Howell Cromer said...

Thank you for your message about these and oh my, you must know how envious I am. My number one favorite life bird to view up close and personal along with a Great Snowy! So how far out west must one come to possible view any? Next year, I am so hoping to get closer than this year and maybe get to meet you in person. Just stunning images Bill, just awe-inspiring for me~

DaveABirding said...

Impressive, great to have so many around to wait for you to come and find them. Congrats on refinding them as well.

Phil said...

Great shots Bill. Uou are so fortunate to have Great Greys so close to you, but full marks for the way you photographed them. Five, wow!

troutbirder said...

I'm surprised at so many. They are very rare this far south although occasionally seen in the North Country when they come down from Manitoba.

Kelly said...

...my goodness--this post is spectacular. I would love to see this bird in life. It is gorgeous, and your captures really highlight its beauty.

Monts said...

Hi Bill
These are stunnung images and what a great find I would give my hind teeth to see just one in the wild.

Mary Howell Cromer said...

OK, OK, I know I already left a comment, but when I saw your one beauty again on my side bar, I had to take yet another look-see and they are still so outstanding and I am still so envious:)

Ash said...

Wow, this is amazing! Thank you so much for sharing.

Grandma Yellow Hair said...

Bill look what I might have missed if I had not thought about you tonight and what you were taking photos of now.
These pictures are incredible and you have a gift within for taking such grand works of art. I love coming by here. Will have to catch up on your other posts while I am lucky enough to be here.
I have not been able to return to work yet since my accident so I am considering taking creative writing classes. My thoughts are to do it on line. Any suggestions for me and the class I should start with. Appreciate your thoughts of this
Thanks
Maggie

eileeninmd said...

More awesome photos! Lucky you to see all these neat owls.

eileeninmd said...

More awesome photos! Lucky you to see all these neat owls.

Øyvind Buljo said...

That's some great photos of the owl! I really like them, guess it's hard to sneak up on them! Nice blog you've got here, I like wildlife and landscape photos! Idaho is for sure a wild state :)

Johnny Nutcase said...

So great, Bill! I still haven't seen a Great Grey...so i'm a little jealous. What great findings and awesome photos!! Love it. Haven't been to your blog lately, got a lot of catching up to do!