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Photograph has eye for great gray owl

Great gray owl photographed near Great Falls, Mont. (Jaimie Johnson)
Great gray owl photographed near Great Falls, Mont. (Jaimie Johnson)

WILDLIFE WATCHING -- The eyes of the great gray owl are haunting, as you can see in the photo made this week by Montana outdoor photographer Jaime Johnson, who reports, poetically:

We spent the day again today with the Great Grays near Great Falls – wonderful birds.
They are very social birds, they actually fly and land near us when we are watching them.
They sit low in trees and listen intently for mice moving under the snow (waste deep).
When the time is right, they dive into the snow and grab the mice. They then crawl out
Of the hole and sit on the snow while they eat their prize. Once it is gone, it’s back to the
Low branch to do it all over again.

Rich Landers
Rich Landers joined The Spokesman-Review in 1977. He is the Outdoors editor for the Sports Department writing and photographing stories about hiking, hunting, fishing, boating, conservation, nature and wildlife and related topics.

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