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Beauty in a Struggle to Survive

What’s great about wildlife photography is you can recall details of those special moments when it all comes together for something special. In this case, I happened to be standing on a frozen road in the Farmington Bay Bird Refuge when this amazing barn owl flew by. I was lucky enough to swing the camera around to capture a few shots. They’re some of my all-time favorites. It was a bitter cold day in a particularly harsh winter.

I learned later, from a refuge ranger, that many of the owls died that winter of starvation. Normally a nocturnal animal, they were hunting in full daylight for anything they could find. I wonder if she survived.

Nature can be cruel, but that can make it all the more awe-inspiring. There’s something to learn there as we face our challenges.

400mm · f/5.6 · 1/2000s · ISO 250
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I love the owl's "expression"!

Love the freeze. I've been meaning to get a photo of one of these Barn Owls in flight since quite some time. May be one of these days.
Keep up the good work. :)

Look at the frost on it's talons.

Yeah, crazy. I’ve actually a few photos with blood on the same. Nature has no pretense, and makes no apologies. :)

Beautiful picture!

Nice bird in flight photo !!!

love that portrait, beautifull colors and amazing bird. what more is needed...

Thanks for the kind words! I’m glad you liked it.

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