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The Great Grey Owl or Great Gray Owl (Strix nebulosa) is a very large owl. This one was about two feet tall. Very distinctive face. Eyes stood out and were offset by the ring like coloration around them. Had a big, rounded head with a grey face and yellow eyes with darker circles around them. The underparts are light with dark streaks; the upper parts are grey with pale bars. This one didn't have ear tufts.
Spotted this one perched on the side of highway 59 close to Traverse Bay on the way to Victoria Beach in Manitoba. It was perched on a signpost by a telephone pole. The perch was in a grassy ditch area between the hwy and the forest. Either side of the highway is densely forested, mostly coniferous trees. Ample nesting in area.
Remarkably calm bird. I stopped my car, did a u-turn to the other side of the highway, parked, retrieved my camera from the trunk and took a number of pictures. This raptor could have cared a less about my actions. It literally seemed to pose for the picture shots!