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IanD
31st of January 2005 (Mon), 10:34
Sheldon and I (with the better half in tow giving directions, but she wouldn't play Sherpa :( )
managed to find this owl, I called him George, down a small utility road on Ile Bizard. Well, Candace saw him first. :)
George was swooping around looking at something....

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He finally landed in a small clump of brush and as we slowly approached, he gave us the evil eye...

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Seems George had caught a mouse and was not in the mood to share...

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He flew up into a near by tree and in three gulps Mr. Mouse was history....

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That "Happy with a Full Belly" look...

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yason
31st of January 2005 (Mon), 10:50
that's a wonderful documentary Ian...cool!!!

tommykjensen
31st of January 2005 (Mon), 10:56
Great captures.

Fer
31st of January 2005 (Mon), 10:56
Wonderful pictures!. I wish I could take photos as great as that ones one day. Congrats.

Scottes
31st of January 2005 (Mon), 10:56
GREAT shots!

Hoot! Hoot! Hoot!

ssim
31st of January 2005 (Mon), 11:04
Sweet buddy. It was awfully nice of me to give you the better vantage point there. You can see the mouse better in yours than I can in mine.

Too bad this took so long yesterday. We actually missed out on our poutine.:cry:
Once again an awesome job. :lol: :lol: :lol:

tommykjensen
31st of January 2005 (Mon), 11:14
We actually missed out on our poutine.:cry:

Arrrghhh now I have seen this word so many times - what the heck is poutine :lol: and why can it make a grown man cry :confused: :) :lol:

PacAce
31st of January 2005 (Mon), 11:14
After all these owl shots we've seen here, I feel like an owl expert now. Not! :D
But one thing's for sure, I'll know a GGO when I see one. :mrgreen:

Stupendous shots.

Wazza
31st of January 2005 (Mon), 11:46
Great captures Ian! Nice captions to go with them also. :)

Scottes
31st of January 2005 (Mon), 12:37
Arrrghhh now I have seen this word so many times - what the heck is poutine :lol: and why can it make a grown man cry :confused: :) :lol:

I guess that I'll have to explain - especially the crying part.

Take a bunch of french fries. Sprinkle a liberal amount of fresh cheese curds over the top. Smother with gravy. Mmmmmmmm....... Heaven with a cheeseburger I tell you.

<sniff>

Simply delicious. Why is it that the good stuff is so bad for you...?

RichardtheSane
31st of January 2005 (Mon), 12:49
Nice series / story Ian

and glad you go an 'other end' shot in too :)

tommykjensen
31st of January 2005 (Mon), 12:55
I guess that I'll have to explain - especially the crying part.

Take a bunch of french fries. Sprinkle a liberal amount of fresh cheese curds over the top. Smother with gravy. Mmmmmmmm....... Heaven with a cheeseburger I tell you.

<sniff>

Simply delicious. Why is it that the good stuff is so bad for you...?

Eaueew [rushing to the bathrooom to puke .... ] I hate any kind of cheese ;)

PacAce
31st of January 2005 (Mon), 12:57
I guess that I'll have to explain - especially the crying part.

Take a bunch of french fries. Sprinkle a liberal amount of fresh cheese curds over the top. Smother with gravy. Mmmmmmmm....... Heaven with a cheeseburger I tell you.

<sniff>

Simply delicious. Why is it that the good stuff is so bad for you...?
Some more poutine trivia:
http://www.cs.umanitoba.ca/~gedetil/poutine.shtml
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Poutine

dewmuw
31st of January 2005 (Mon), 13:07
Move over David Attenborough! Wonderful series.

IanD
31st of January 2005 (Mon), 14:10
Sweet buddy. It was awfully nice of me to give you the better vantage point there. You can see the mouse better in yours than I can in mine.

Too bad this took so long yesterday. We actually missed out on our poutine.:cry:
Once again an awesome job. :lol: :lol: :lol:
The real reason I got the better position is that unlike Sheldon, I do not have gimpy knees and keep on falling down :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :)

blueskybutterfly
1st of February 2005 (Tue), 01:09
Very Awesome shots :)

TammieO
1st of February 2005 (Tue), 06:40
This forum is educational and not just about photography. Great action series!

RockOne
1st of February 2005 (Tue), 06:55
Hmmm. An owls menu - Rattatouli, followed by chocolate mouse :-) :-).
Another excellent series of photographs.

Mills
1st of February 2005 (Tue), 07:17
This entire Owl Escapade is Amazing! Beautiful Images. Got to give the Poutine some additional thought.

RbnDave
1st of February 2005 (Tue), 09:52
Great shots!! You guys are getting better and better. And, I see you got an eyes wide open pic. Very nice. How close were you to the owl when it caught the mouse? I have visions of you and Sheldon running madly across snowy farm fields. Do your photo vests fit over top of your winter parkas?

Also, do you guys see a lot of other photographers searching the back roads for GGOs? I've been over on FredMiranda and I've seen a couple different folks posting GGO pics. One poster said it is the best year for GGOs in recent memory.

Dave

IanD
1st of February 2005 (Tue), 10:13
Great shots!! You guys are getting better and better. And, I see you got an eyes wide open pic. Very nice. How close were you to the owl when it caught the mouse? I have visions of you and Sheldon running madly across snowy farm fields. Do your photo vests fit over top of your winter parkas?

Also, do you guys see a lot of other photographers searching the back roads for GGOs? I've been over on FredMiranda and I've seen a couple different folks posting GGO pics. One poster said it is the best year for GGOs in recent memory.

Dave
Dave,
Believe it or not, we were very close. All the images are full frame. When he made the dive for the mouse we were maybe 30 feet away and managed to slowly approach him. I would give up my first born male child to see Sheldon run accross anything let alone a snow covered field :) :) :) :) :) :) :) He;s got the worst knees ever created.
Surprisingly, no vests were worn, just carrying the 400 prime and the 1.4 TC in a pocket.
There are a ton of folks out trying to see the owls but we managed to find a few that were well away from the hordes.

RbnDave
1st of February 2005 (Tue), 12:40
I just picked up my mail on the way in from lunch. My Febuary issue of "National Geographic" arrived. Have you seen the cover yet? "The Great Grey Owl" is the title. You and Sheldon might want to pick up a copy.

LazyPhotographer
1st of February 2005 (Tue), 20:13
More awesome shots!

marie
7th of February 2005 (Mon), 15:28
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they are great shots Ian

I wonder do the mice wriggle and tickle in the tummy:eek:



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IanD
7th of February 2005 (Mon), 17:49
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they are great shots Ian

I wonder do the mice wriggle and tickle in the tummy:eek:



or do they just die laughing all the way downhttp://www.photography-on-the.net/forum/images/smilies/icon_cry.gif
Marie,
I've been lucky (?) enough to see several owls dining and from my vantage point it would appear that the voles are very dead before they are swallowed whole. It seems that the owls dispatch them with a bite to the neck, then with a gulp or two swallow them. No muss, no fuss:)

CyberDyneSystems
7th of February 2005 (Mon), 17:50
What an adventure,. that last shot is a framer!

robertwgross
7th of February 2005 (Mon), 17:56
Marie,
I've been lucky (?) enough to see several owls dining and from my vantage point it would appear that the voles are very dead before they are swallowed whole. It seems that the owls dispatch them with a bite to the neck, then with a gulp or two swallow them. No muss, no fuss:)

Even though predatory behavior is distasteful to some people, it makes a good topic for nature photographers. Many small raptors will carry their prey back to a perch, then they bite off the head and eat that. After a minute, they grab half of the internal organs and eat that. Then they finish the rest of the prey, scales, fur, feathers, or bones, in one last gulp. Bigger raptors are about the same, but they don't fear doing the dirty work right there at the kill spot.

A hunting bird, such as a heron, is good to photograph right after gulping down its lunch. It is so full that it will sit there motionless for a long time (allowing you to get the shot) with a really puzzled look on its face. Sort of like, "I can't believe I ate the whole thing!"

---Bob Gross---

RJSorensen
7th of February 2005 (Mon), 18:21
You are hot sauce . . . and I bow in your general direction.

cmM
7th of February 2005 (Mon), 19:33
right in time for dinner Ian :D

... gotta live with macaroni & cheese though

marie
8th of February 2005 (Tue), 00:36
Even though predatory behavior is distasteful to some people, it makes a good topic for nature photographers. Many small raptors will carry their prey back to a perch, then they bite off the head and eat that. After a minute, they grab half of the internal organs and eat that. Then they finish the rest of the prey, scales, fur, feathers, or bones, in one last gulp. Bigger raptors are about the same, but they don't fear doing the dirty work right there at the kill spot.

A hunting bird, such as a heron, is good to photograph right after gulping down its lunch. It is so full that it will sit there motionless for a long time (allowing you to get the shot) with a really puzzled look on its face. Sort of like, "I can't believe I ate the whole thing!"

---Bob Gross---

yes, very interesting

no worrieshttp://www.photography-on-the.net/forum/images/smilies/icon_lol.gif
I can take it. it's part of nature and is interesting

out in australia I saw a hawk swoop down from on high onto a rat
(or big mouse) and soared up and away with the catch hanging out of it's beak
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I think the heron sits there quietly after the initial big gulp because the stuff is usually stuck for ages in it's long narrow neck .
maybe it breaks the food down in the neck rather then the tummyhttp://www.photography-on-the.net/forum/images/smilies/icon_confused.gif

I've got the odd picture of them standing still
nearly always they have a lump in their throat
(halfway down)


don't we all at times:lol:

marie
8th of February 2005 (Tue), 00:37
Marie,
I've been lucky (?) enough to see several owls dining and from my vantage point it would appear that the voles are very dead before they are swallowed whole. It seems that the owls dispatch them



with a bite to the neck,


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then with a gulp or two swallow them.

gulp


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No muss, no fusshttp://www.photography-on-the.net/forum/images/smilies/icon_smile.gif


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thanks very much Ian

no worries.
has to be the way

I completely understand


























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