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Great Grey Owl

Strix nebulosa


A large Owl with an average wingspan of 56 in. The facial disk is used to focus sound. Yellow eyed owls are not strictly nocturnal or nocturnal & crepuscular and have the most diverse feeding habits of the Owl families.


Coniferous forests near open areas.


This Owl appeared to be completed undisturbed by my presence and was much interested in looking for its next meal.

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Carol Snow Milne
Carol Snow Milne 8 years ago

I love this series a lot! Why can't an owl be waiting for me. LOL Someday!!!

CyndeeOgle 8 years ago


DinDjarin 8 years ago


Josh Asel
Josh Asel 8 years ago

Excellent spotting man! congrats!

LeanneGardner 8 years ago

Congratulations! What a beauty!

Fyn  Kynd
Fyn Kynd 8 years ago

Nice! Great shots!

Phil_S 8 years ago

Congrats on SOTD!

Jellyfishnebula 8 years ago

Wow! Beautiful!

CarolSnowMilne 8 years ago

What a gorgeous owl and wonderful photo. Congratulations on being selected for SOTD. What a wonderful find in its natural environment.

Johan Heyns
Johan Heyns 8 years ago

Nice Photo. Congratulations

NuwanChathuranga 8 years ago

Congratulations !!

ianmaton 8 years ago

Thanks to all for your kind comments!! I'm very pleased that this photograph made it to spotting of the day. Owls make excellent subjects for photographs although finding them is definitely hit and miss. This Owl was very cooperative although had disappeared into the forest when I tried to relocate it an hour after the picture was taken. Thanks again!

Congratulations ianmaton on your SOTD! Great spot!

ceherzog 8 years ago

Congrats! Great shot

Wild Things
Wild Things 8 years ago

Great pic! Congratulations!!

Sachin Zaveri
Sachin Zaveri 8 years ago

Congratulations ianmaton,,

Atul 8 years ago

Awesome Capture ... congrats :)

Arun 8 years ago

Great spotting .. Congratulations!!!

ChristyHolland 8 years ago

Beautiful capture!! Congratulations! I'd love you to add this spotting to the mission Raptors of North America:

Adarsha B S
Adarsha B S 8 years ago

Lovely spotting :)

Allen Hoof
Allen Hoof 8 years ago

That's a splendid image! Well done!

Congratulations on this great Spot !

KarenL 8 years ago

Gorgeous portrait Ian!
Congratulations on a well-deserved SoTD!

Yasser 8 years ago

Ian, this stunning snapshot has earned you your very first Spotting of the Day! Congratulations! Thanks for all the gorgeous moth photographs. I think its kind of awesome that your first SoTD turned out to be an owl! :)

"The Great Grey Owl is a very large owl, distributed across the Northern Hemisphere. Its wingspan can exceed 60 in (152 cm). In some areas it is also called the Great Gray Ghost or Phantom of the north"


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Alberta, Canada

Spotted on Oct 16, 2012
Submitted on Oct 18, 2012


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