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Birds in winter scenes

Anchorage, AK(Zone 4a)

American Robin in a frost covered crab apple tree.

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Anchorage, AK(Zone 4a)

Northern Hawk Owl a top a frosted Black Spruce tree.

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Anchorage, AK(Zone 4a)

A Black-billed Magpie was perched a top a Birch tree covered in hoar frost near the Owl.

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Anchorage, AK(Zone 4a)

Close up of an American Robin on a frost coverd branch.

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Anchorage, AK(Zone 4a)

The Crab Apples are the last fruit the wintering birds feed on. Food is getting scarce, Robins are starting to eat the apples.

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Marlton, NJ

Nice ones Gary!

Anchorage, AK(Zone 4a)

Northern Hawk Owl (Surnia ulula)
Anchorage, Alaska 1/21/2012

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Anchorage, AK(Zone 4a)

Anchorage, Alaska 1/21/2012
Northern Hawk Owl (Surnia ulula)


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Anchorage, AK(Zone 4a)

Great Gray Owl (Strix nebuosa)
Anchorage, Alaska 1/21/2012

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Anchorage, AK(Zone 4a)

Anchorage, Alaska 1/21/2012
Great Gray Owl (Strix nebuosa)


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Marlton, NJ

Beautiful shots Gary!

Stafford County, VA

Great pictures Gary, but you need to set your calendar to 2012 (smile)

Northumberland, United Kingdom(Zone 9a)

Yep, these are all on the first day of the 21st month of 2011 . . . when's that?!

Those owls are stunners!

Resin

Grand-Falls, NB(Zone 4a)

Such amazing bird pics Gary. Love the frosted trees, it a beautiful background for your subjects.

Kelseyville, CA(Zone 8b)

The snow and the birds-what more could you ask for? Such a perfect spot to enjoy life. Beautiful photos Gary. I can't get enough of the owls and each one is so beautiful.

Anchorage, AK(Zone 4a)

Northern Saw-whet Owl (Aeglius acadicus)
Photgraphed @ Anchorage, AK 1/27/2012. (USA date system for Resin)
A big Thank You to Kathy Prentki for posting on AKBird there was a Northern Saw-whet Owl perched out side her kitchen window. Her gracious offer to: “… share our kitchen window if you need an owl” was irresistible

duc,
The beauty comes at a price. Keep in mind the temperature is near 0 F. (-17C) and there have been a lot more dark stormy days, than cold clear sunny days. Plus a record snow fall in excess of 90 inches. I tried to wall off the road one day last week to get closer to an owl, but sunk below my crotch. I couldn't walk, the snow was just too soft & deep.

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Sandusky, OH

Super shots of the Owls Gary!!!

Anchorage, AK(Zone 4a)

Thanks Burd.

Yesterday we drove out behind the airport twice looking for the Great Gray Owl. We only found it the first time around 1 pm. Ice fog clouds kept drifting through the area making it too dark for good photos. The fog is visible in this shot.

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Anchorage, AK(Zone 4a)

This picture was taken between clouds and is a little cleared. The Owl is the dark spot near the center. It had just flown from the airport fence, and pounced into the snow after a vole. We watched it try a half dozen times, never succeed while we were watching.

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Anchorage, AK(Zone 4a)

Today was a beautiful clear, but cold day. The first time we looked for the Owl around noon, no luck, no bird. The second try around 3:30 pm, it was sitting in a tree across the road from the two pictures above. The tree was on the edge of the road, however, from the lighted side there were so many branches the owl was obscured. This is the best of the back lit shots. There are lots of vole tracks on top of the snow - the owls should be around for a while.

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Marlton, NJ

Beautiful!

PERTH, Australia

Amazing shots, Gary.

Anchorage, AK(Zone 4a)

Boreal Owl (Aegolius funereus)
Photographed @ Anchorage, Alaska, Jan. 28, 2012.

About 3 pm today we parked in the area where the Great Gray Owl as been seen recently, behind International airport. Waiting for the Great Gray to show, we were very surprised when a small little Boreal Owl landed near the truck. The Boreal Owl is a life list for me, a rare bird I never expecting I would ever see. It was very tame, and allowed me to approach close without showing any concern. Actually, more like it was laughing at me trying to avoid falling in the deep snow. I was sinking in well above my knees, and nearly fell several times. I can hardly believe the extraordinary luck I have been having seeing and photographing owls recently.

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Anchorage, AK(Zone 4a)

Boreal Owl (Aegolius funereus)
Photographed @ Anchorage, Alaska, Jan. 28, 2012.

This little fellow was so tame, it let me move around to the other side of the tree, for a blue sky background. I was within ten feet of the Owl.

Challenge: Who can add the first Snowy Owl to this thread. I read there are a lot of Snowy Owls in the lower 48 this winter. I have never seen a wild Snowy Owl.

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PERTH, Australia

Wow! That's fantastic.

Anchorage, AK(Zone 4a)

Boreal Owl (Aegolius funereus)
Photographed @ Anchorage, Alaska, Jan. 28, 2012

I've been playing with some of todays pictures. I really like the detail in this close up, cropped out of an original.

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Grand-Falls, NB(Zone 4a)

Wow Gary, what an amazing Owls season for you!!!! I`ve never seen an owl yet. I keep searching for some, when I go for drives, out . on country roads.

Anchorage, AK(Zone 4a)

Burn, the following quote from todays AKBird group shows just how amazing the Owls are this season.

Quoting:
To: akbiirding@yahoogroups.com
Sent: 1/29/2012 12:30:10 P.M. Alaskan Standard Time
Subj: 5 species of owls

Nils Warnach, Louann Feldman and I had five species of owls this morning.
Hawk-along Lake Hood Drive
Great Gray-in the recycling center west of the Clitheroe Center
Saw-whet and Boreal along the fence line that parallels the Eat-west
Runway. Park outside the Clitheroe Center and walk north (should read south) through the heavy
equiptment storage area and turn right (west) along the fence line. They owls
were fairly obvious sitting in cottonwoods on the right as you walk towards
the Coastal Trail.
Short-eared-flopping over the runway.

Dave Sonneborn
Anchorage


There were a dozen cars & trucks at the end of the road, in front of the Clitheroe Center. So many people have been walking along the out side of the airport fence that there is a well pack trail through the deep snow. This is looking east back along the airport fence. The people in the picture are photographing a Boreal Owl in a tree next to the path.

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Anchorage, AK(Zone 4a)

This is the Boreal Owl having it's picture taken in the above shot. I had just taken this shot, walked a short distance, turned back to take the above shot, of the next set of bird watchers.

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Anchorage, AK(Zone 4a)

Turning to look west along the airport fence. The people in this picture are watching a Great Gray Owl. A clear, sunny, very cold day, below 0 F.

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Anchorage, AK(Zone 4a)

When I walked up the trail to where the two people were in the above picture, found this Great Gray Owl sleeping, in the sun. The Owl kept turning it's head, but never opened it's eyes far enough to show yellow. My toes were too cold to go any farther, so I started back. There was a steady stream of Owl watchers along the path through the snow.

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Anchorage, AK(Zone 4a)

On my way back to the truck, I took a few more pictures of the Boreal Owl.
I had never seen one before yesterday. It all seems a bit surreal having so many owls at the same time.

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Anchorage, AK(Zone 4a)

Great Gray Owl (Strix nebuosa)
Anchorage, AK Feb. 14, 2012

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Anchorage, AK(Zone 4a)

Anchorage, AK Feb. 14, 2012
Great Gray Owl (Strix nebuosa)

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Anchorage, AK(Zone 4a)

Anchorage, AK Feb. 14, 2012
Great Gray Owl (Strix nebuosa)

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