Northern Hawk Owl
Canon 60D, Sigma 50-500 mm f/4-6.3
1/250 sec @ f/8.0, ISO 200
This is a Northern Hawk Owl. A personal favorite of mine among owls. I first saw this species while volunteering at the Anchorage Bird Treatment and Learning Center. A sort of bird rehabilitation center. One came in with a nasty break on his wing and we didn’t have much hope for him. While he wasn’t healing to the point of flight, he pulled through quite impressively. Ever since then I have been looking for one in the wild. They are rather small and therefore hard to spot. Luckily they usually sit at the top of trees so if they are in the area they are slightly easier to spot than most other owls. Then again they sit at the top of very tall trees. It’s an unfortunate combination of being able to see them, but not being close enough for a decent photo. I really lucked out this day.