Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Sax Zim Bog


Today's featured species is the Northern Hawk Owl. We went to Minnesota in hopes of capturing images of both a NHO and a Great Grey Owl. The weather turned unusually warm during the week of our visit for this time of the year in Minnesota and most the owls had already migrated. We saw this owl on the first afternoon when we arrived at Sax Zim Bog. We only saw a couple of other NHOs at a distance after that afternoon no GGOs. This owl lives primarily in boreal forests and is uncommon in the lower 48 except during irruptions.

14 comments:

nessabates said...

Just Beautiful!

Twisted Fencepost said...

Oh wow! And he was looking right at you too. Great shot, Ken!

SAPhotographs (Joan) said...

Is this a very small owl Ken? It looks a lot like one of ours which is tiny. A fantastic shot and as sharp as always.

Philip said...

WOW! he is looking right at you excellent eye contact Ken !!

Kekiinani said...

What a beautiful awesome image. WOoooooW... :) :)

Willard said...

Tack sharp and excellent composition.

Bradley Myers said...

Great shot Ken, I am glad you got the chance to see one close enough for a shot like this.

I had a bad wireless connection in Florida but I did get to check you out a couple of times, no owls for me while I was there. Klaus was great to shoot with, he showed me a few places you guys shot that are now dry. but still a great time and many images to go through now that I am home.

Take care, looking forward to anything you post, Brad

Adrian_O said...

SA-WEET! Awesome picture Ken!

fishing guy said...

Ken: That is a wonderful capture of the owl. You got a great photo of the beauty.

juanKa said...

Very good photos, greetings from Florida

Naturegirl said...

As I looked at this image without reading your prose I had a feeling it had some thing to do with "hawk" it's feathers hang just like the juvenile Cooper hawk that sits near me bird feeder!
Great photos as always.. a fan of your blog NG

BDConger said...

Great pictures! Must be cold up there!!

Misty Dawn said...

As always - this is spectacular. I love the pattern on the wings.

Stacey Huston said...

Very, very cool! Great shot