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Great Grey Owl (Strix nebulosa) User: Brian Morin  (See all photos - 1209)
Canada (Qu├ębec) Plaisance - This bird attracted attention because of the unusual amount of brown feathers around the eye. None of us has ever seen one like this before. I made the trip specifically to see it and we had some luck. I have friends who have many years experience with Great Greys and have handled both live birds and study skins. They had never come across this marking.
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Date: February 9, 2017
Details: Unknown gender, Immature
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Plaisance - This bird attracted attention because of the unusual amount of brown feathers around the eye. None of us has ever seen one like this before. I made the trip specifically to see it and we had some luck. I have friends who have many years experience with Great Greys and have handled both live birds and study skins. They had never come across this marking.
· Date: February 10, 2017 · Views: 662
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Chris

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February 10, 2017 03:34

That is bizarre. Beautiful capture.
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Brian Morin
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February 10, 2017 03:48

Thanks. It was worth the 90 minute trip and a half km walk across ice encrusted rolling hills on snowshoes on a brisk February morning to find it. The bird was a supreme subject to work with. It was hard to stop taking shots. As a bonus I bumped into an old friend there whom I hadn't seen in years. He was only about 800 km from home and was leading a tour. He didn't even know about this bird.
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February 10, 2017 04:13

I'm not sure what's more impressive, the photo or that story!
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February 10, 2017 04:25

Now for the "I can't believe this just happened" part of the story. The bird relocated several times offering different settings which was great. We all liked the pine tree location because the shot was clean and different. When we first found the owl it was in a hardwood partially obscured by branches. After doing what we could and working with our subject (giving a few short squeaks to attract attention) we decided to try something. There was a broken five foot tree stump that looked like a post. Everything agreed this would be a great spot for it to perch. We all moved back from the site and got cameras ready. Then I called it. It came in and landed perfectly. It must have liked what I had to say
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