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Great Gray Owl - Strix nebulosa | by Engilis Photos
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Great Gray Owl - Strix nebulosa

Prairie Creek Redwood State Park, California. The Gray Ghost is the perfect nickname for this huge owl, This photo was taken in very low light as it entered its realm, one that does not include us photo hungry humans! Not as nice as some of the photos of this bird making their way onto Flickr, but lighting was poor, fog was dense and it was all I could get. The last I had seen was in 1981, of the recently described endemic Sierra Great Gray Owl (Sttrix nebulosa yosemitensis). If interested in reading the paper that describes this new subspecies:

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Taken on February 14, 2016