Final Frame: Perfect Timing

A photographer captures an image of a great gray owl sitting on its mouse meal

01-27-2014 // NWF Staff

A great gray owl sits on a mouse in Alberta, Canada

STANDING ON A ROAD last February in Alberta, Canada, Robert Palmer snapped the shutter on his camera just as this great gray owl swooped down on a field mouse in an adjacent snowy field. “The owl stayed there for a few seconds before flying off,” Palmer says. During an irruption of the owls last winter, large numbers of great grays descended on parts of Canada and the northern United States.


Palmer’s photo received an Honorable Mention award in the magazine’s 2013 photo contest.


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