September 24, 2014
'Great Gray Owl' - Manitoba Series (Notecard and Photographic Print)
The great gray owl, Stryx nebulosa, also known as The Phantom of the North, is a very large gray to grayish-brown owl found throughout the northern hemisphere. Great gray owls breed in the dense coniferous forests of the north and feed primarily on small rodents. They can locate mice under the snow through their excellent hearing and then plunging down through the snow to capture them. While mostly active at night, they can also be seen during the day.
Great gray owls are long-lived birds, with captive individuals reaching 40 years of age. The great gray owl is the provincial bird of Manitoba.
Notecards retail for $ 6.95 each
Photographic Print retail for $ 74.95 each
Available at WOW Mabuhay Gift Store in the Johnston Terminal at The Forks, Winnipeg, Manitoba
This great gray owl certainly looked warmer than I was photographing it on the side of the highway just past Swan River. It was frigidly cold and, upon close inspection, you can actually see frost crystals on its face. It waited quite contently, turning its head to one side, then the other, looking for mice. It posed for me for a good 10 minutes before it flew off to a nearby spruce tree where I made a few more captures. Such encounters with wildlife always start the day off on the right foot!