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17th Annual Smithsonian Magazine Photo Contest Natural World
Casper-The Gray Ghost

The species name, nebulosa, is Latin for misty or foggy, and along with the Great Gray’s rarity, may be the reason it is sometimes referred to as the “Phantom of the North.” Great Grays will alter their hours in autumn and winter, hunting during the daylight hours. At such times they may perch and wait for a meal or it may fly about in search of prey.

Photo Detail
Date Taken: 09.2019
Date Uploaded: 11.2019
Photo Location: Moran, Wyoming, United States of America
Camera: Canon EOS-1D X
Copyright: © Melvin Rutledge