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Great Gray Owl

By Les-Piccolo
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Great Gray Owl stretching. I think I woke him up. This was taken late afternoon and at a time when he should actually be still sleeping in his perch before resuming hunting at dusk. My approach wakened him and I saw him do this several times in the short while I was observing. To clarify what is happening here he is raising his wings above his head and stretching his head and neck outward. Doesn't look weird to me probably because I was there and saw the whole thing in action. He also coughed up a pellet (undigested fur and bone) while I was observing which they commonly do upon waking but did not manage to get that shot.
I never dreamed this shot could create such a divergence of interpretation. I'm laughing out loud from the humour expressed here. Thank you all very much for the interesting comments and the kind words.
Image size
2621x2097px 3.86 MB
Shutter Speed
1/200 second
Focal Length
500 mm
ISO Speed
Date Taken
Sep 23, 2010, 4:20:55 PM
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BeatryczeNowicka's avatar

What a moment caught!

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DebasishPhotosHobbyist Photographer
Awesome shot!
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InkchorHobbyist Traditional Artist
For anyone still confused: the owl is raising and stretching its wings while fanning its tail feathers. Probably trying to make itself look big and imposing. 
hclausen's avatar
hclausenHobbyist Photographer
That is what I thought.  Still would not want to mess with him.
MalakRomanoYT's avatar
I think this is actually real... Idk but i have a feeling about it
Les-Piccolo's avatar
It's real. Google birds stretching, any bird, they all are similar. Just caught him at the right moment
CANIDStheInnovator's avatar
What is that owl doing?
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baffledbearHobbyist General Artist
What is that great feather figure on his head? Nice shoot btw. :D (Big Grin) 
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AveragePhotographerHobbyist Photographer
Awesome shot!
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JPCourcelleHobbyist Photographer
J'adore cette photo image parfaite Bravo !
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AchillobatorPrinceHobbyist General Artist
I thought this was shopped, I was wrong.
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4V3NG3D-S3V3NF0LDHobbyist Photographer
Lol XD that's funny
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coldstaresHobbyist Photographer

It looks like he is trying to look all big and scary. He just wants you to stay back and use your big lenses… Great shot!

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Aang10Hobbyist General Artist
Strix nebulosi.
bear48's avatar
very nice
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Beats111Hobbyist Photographer
Ieve never seen something like that :D it's unique i love it 
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DreamandNatureStudent Photographer
The owl is a bit angry about your presence. Its a wonderful shot.
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euphoricmadnessHobbyist Photographer
Could he really get his wings that high up? Do you have a video of that cuz that would definitely be interesting to see. :giggle:
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xxbrowniesrulexxStudent Digital Artist
It looks like he has wings on his head XD
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93MillerHobbyist Writer
That is one interesting way to stretch. It almost looks like he's doing a handstand with the way his wings make a leg-like appearance above his head.
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wooow okay so this took me a moment to figure out. i seriously thought it looked like a smaller owl diving into the head or back of a larger owl. then i was like "this has to be edited" and chuckled, then clicked on it. then i read he was stretching, went back up to the picture, and just kept staring like "what the hell is with the weird shaped feathers on his noggin?!" yeah.. i felt really stupid -_- but hey! it's a strange angle is it not?! awesome photo by the way and absolutely wonderful timing!
Les-Piccolo's avatar
Thanks!  Seemed to freak a lot of people out.
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scubasteve015Professional Traditional Artist
very dissapointed. just horrible
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