A Great Grey in a Great Silhouette

Get it? A great grey and a great silhouette?  I’m not being vain about my picture, I just thought it was a funny pun (if there is such a thing).  It’s not the easiest thing in the world to see the outline of the owl.  It sort of looks like a blob, but after you look at it for a second it should be pretty obvious that he’s looking off to the right of the image.  That giant facial disk of his makes his head really flat on that side.  That disk is designed to funnel sound directly into his ear holes.  If you part the feathers of an owl you’d find very large holes.  Those are it’s ears, and oddly enough one ear is higher on the head than the other.  This allows the owl to pinpoint in a 3 dimensional plane exactly where a mouse is burrowing under the snow.

Gear: Canon 60D, Sigma 50-500mm f/4-6.3

Settings: 1/200 sec, f/11, ISO 320

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