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Winter Owls

gray old owl

Friends, this is a Great Gray Owl from the land north of here, they sometimes migrate to the Sax Zim bog in the winter.  This image was captured in 2005 when we had an irruption of owls from Canada to the northern Minnesota/Wisconsin area.  I am processing with Photoshop with techniques that i have been practicing lately, blurring the background and sharpening the foreground, gives this bird a better isolation as the subject of the photo.  I love their bright yellow eyes that appear a bit cross eyed, maybe i was too close for the bird to focus correctly, hence crossed eyes.  Great Grays are large by bird standards but they are mostly feathers.  The owl in the image below is all fluffed up against the -20 degree day. A few owls migrate every year, but 2005 was special.  til Tomorrow MJ

owl resting

Baby Owl

Friends, This baby owl is a young Great Horned Owl with his ears flattened down.  When he is an adult bird the feathers on the top of his head will stand erect and give the appearance of horns, hence his name the Horned Owl.  This particular bird is a captive owl after being injured or abandoned.   His handler  brought him to Crex Meadows on a family day where he posed for photos.  I loved his big yellow eyes that were watching me intently.  Now i know how a field mouse feels when being hunted.  til Tomorrow MJ

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