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A Grey Day - Water Valley, Alberta

Every now and then, I head out in the early morning to search for owls along the Grand Valley Road north of Cochrane. This Great Grey Owl was the first of many I found that morning. I was able to observe it hunting for nearly half an hour before it silently slipped away into the forest. In that time, it was able to successfully capture three voles out of five attempts. In this photo, the owl has spotted a vole and has locked its eyes on the target while waiting for the right moment to dive down on it. The attempt that followed seconds later was one of the failed attacks.

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