The smoke and clouds shrouding the morning sun gave us a beautiful view on our drive to Bass Creek trailhead earlier this week. Bitterroot Valley, Montana.
A nearby dairy farm with a beautiful row of trees and the Sapphire Mountains rising in the background. These trees always capture my attention no matter what season it is.
After taking photos of the adult great gray owl with the deer that I shared in a previous post, we went down the road and discovered several immature great gray owls. They hung out on the fences on both sides of the road and in the nearby trees while looking around and calling to each other. We were able to watch and photograph quite a bit.
The great gray owl is the largest owl in the world, and known as the "phantom of the north". How amazing to see five of them together and another one just up the road!!
Hope you enjoyed the pics; leave me a comment. See you in another post soon. :)
A little glimpse of what I saw in the sky when I left work tonight. :)
A couple of weeks ago while taking one of my daughters out for some driving practice on the backroads, I got the chance to witness a wildlife interaction between a great gray owl and a whitetail deer. This doe passed right in front of the perched owl. Both watched each other as if to say, "Howdy neighbor! How are you this evening?"
Before the deer came along I was hoping to get a shot of the owl looking at me, but to no avail. As the owl finished watching the deer pass by to his left, he finished turning his head to take a quick glance behind in my direction. Just long enough for one quick photo and confirmation that he's a great gray owl. I owe that helpful doe a thank you. :)
Further down the road we got to see several more owls, of which I got more photos. I'll share some of those pics in a separate post, as I have more sorting to do first. Soon! :)
There were seven turkey vultures in all. We were kept amused as we watched them gather together on the fence, flap around, and circle around overhead.
I put together some clips from Jamie's video footage. It would have been better if we had a tripod with us, but it's still fun to watch these interesting birds. :)
Remember to watch the video in fullscreen for the full affect.
St. Mary's Peak obscured in the rain clouds behind the pond and barn.
The colors in this photo caught my eye after leaving the refuge.
Always something to pull over and stop for. :)
As we took the backroads home, we stopped to watch and photograph a flock of turkey vultures. While doing so, this bald eagle flew overhead and landed off in the field.
I captured several cool photos of the vultures, so they will be featured in their own post.
Coming up next... :)
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