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19th Annual Smithsonian Magazine Photo Contest Natural World
Mesmerizing Stare

The elusive great gray owl perches on a snag as it hunts for prey in the early evening. For months I went in search of the great gray owl, the largest of our owls in North America, without success. Then after a tip from an acquaintance I finally spotted the outline of this owl one evening, off in the distance as it surveyed it's territory.

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Date Taken: 05.2021
Date Uploaded: 08.2021
Photo Location: Butte, Montana, United States of America
Camera: NIKON D850
Copyright: © Lea Frye