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This is a series of shots from my time with this Owl. The last shot as it leapt into flight is quite blurry due to the low light levels forcing me to use slow shutter speeds but I felt it conveyed an important part of the story so I included it in the set.
This Owl was actively hunting along the side of HWY 16 just west of Houston BC Canada. This area of the valley is a mix of open hayfields and grazing pastures interspersed with small pockets of mixed forests of Aspen and Spruce over gently rolling terrain adjacent to the Telkwa Mountain Range.
The Owl was tilting it's head to listen to activity in the grass below her/her perch on the post and didn't seem bothered by my presence. After rushing several mediocre shots I decided to go back to my car to get my tripod to assist me in the fading light of the evening. When I got back to the owl she was still perched on the same post and she didn't seem to be bothered by my activity of setting up my tripod. After getting my camera and tripod in place I made several images of the her before she silently flew off to another perch along the highway. The most endearing part of my interaction with her was the way she would swing her head around to look at me every time my shutter went off as if to say "do you mind I'm trying to hear mice". Once I knew I had a good shot I just stood and enjoyed watching her hunt in the fading light.