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New art cards: Great Grey Owl & Northern Hawk Owl

(Version française de ce texte)

Hello all,

The 2012-2013 winter sure is becoming most memorable in regard to the number of Great Grey Owls observed in the Ottawa-Gatineau area. For weeks now, photographers have been enjoying their time spent photographing this beautiful owl which is here only in the winter time. Soon, the largest owl in North America, will head northwards towards the boreal forest.

We thought it would be most appropriate to feature the Great Grey Owl in the new images added to our art cards catalog. We selected the following five photographs taken recently by Robert Gravel on the Green Belt Trail along the Rockcliffe Parkway in Ottawa :

Great Grey Owl(photograph by  Robert Gravel)

Hello! Who’s there? (PA-0519-RG)

Great Grey Owl (photograph by  Robert Gravel)

Great Grey Owl (PA-0521-RG)

Great Grey Owl (photograph by  Robert Gravel)

Great Grey Owl (PA-0522-RG)

Great Grey Owl (photograph by  Robert Gravel)

Great Grey Owl (PA-0523-RG)

Great Grey Owl (photograph by  Robert Gravel)

Great Grey Owl (PA-0524-RG)

Here is what Robert told us about his outings to photograph the great grey owls:

There seems to be at least two great grey owls here, some say four, but I’ve only seen two. The sky was overcast, but yesterday (February 6), there was a short period of sun. There are usually a dozen photographers and birders on site, sometimes more, and the atmosphere is very warm and friendly. People are very happy to see these beautiful northern birds, which should leave us in mid-March. They are most beautiful to see in flight.

To see more of Robert’s photos of the Great Grey Owls, take a look at his bird galery on Smug Mug.

Here are some links to learn more about the owls:
Great Grey Owl on the Canadian Museum of Nature’s Natural History Notebooks.
Great Grey Owl on Wikipedia

I just realized that I forgot to introduce the images that we added to the catalog in January. They are two photographs of Northern Hawk Owls taken by Pierre Carpentier. As for the Great Grey Owl, the preferred environment of the Northern Hawk Owl is the boreal forest and it can be found to the stunted birch forests bordering the Arctic tundra.

Here are Pierre’s two photographs:

Northern Hawk Owl (photograph by Pierre Carpentier)

Northern Hawk Owl (PA-0526-PC)

Northern Hawk Owl (photograph by Pierre Carpentier)

Northern Hawk Owl (PA-0527-PC)

These two photographs were taken in the winter of 2011 along a small country road in the vicinity of Low, in the Outaouais. In February 2011, I had the pleasure of accompanying Robert Gravel and two other colleagues to try to photograph the same owl. What a challenge!

On our way to photograph the Northern Hawk Owl, Low Quebec, February 2011

On our way to photograph the Northern Hawk Owl, Low Quebec, February 2011

We spotted the owl perched on a distant treetop. During the five hours we were there, it flew by at only two occasions and it went by so quickly that I never managed to keep it with the frame of my viewfinder. It definitely takes a lot of patience, perseverance, practice and technique to achieve beautiful shots of these birds. Congratulations to Pierre & Robert!

To look at Pierre’s bird portfolio on Smug Mug.
To learn more about the Northern Hawk Owl on Wikipedia.

Finally, another image that has been incorporated in the art cards catalog is the Southport iceberg. This photo was the subject of a blog post in January after it was published in Reader’s Digest book A Country for all Seasons . Following various comments we are very pleased to add it to the card catalog.

Iceberg and the community of Southport, Random Sound, Newfoundland

Iceberg and the community of Southport, Random Sound, Newfoundland

All of these cards are now available through Polar Horizons’ boutique.

Thank you!
France Rivet

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