Northern Hawk Owl In-Flight

Northern Hawk Owl In-Flight

I photographed this Northern Hawk Owl in-flight last winter and met a few new friends while at it, in fact, they pointed me in the right direction of this northern hawk owl. Here is a sequence of photos of the owl hunting and capturing his dinner, in this case a mouse! I figured I should post the events, hope you like!

The photo on the left is number one in the hawk owl sequence showing the owl in-flight moving in for the kill.
Photos below is that of the owl getting closer to meal time…

Hawk Owl Coming In For The Kill

The northern hawk owl in-flight coming in for the kill! 2

The northern hawk owl in-flight coming in for the kill! 2

The Pounce
Photo number three below in the hawk owl sequence shows the owl stopping in mid air, hovering  just before pouncing on his prey.

Hawk owl pounces 3

Hawk owl pounces 3

Making the Grab
The owl smashes through the snow, mouse has been caught!

Owl nails his target mouse 4

Owl nails his target mouse 4

Prey In Hand
The hawk owl made the catch, the below photograph shows the prey firmly in the owls talons.

Northern hawk owl photo showing the owl making the grab 5

Northern hawk owl photo showing the owl making the grab 5

Lift Off
The owl is seen here taking flight with its dinner, the mouse!

Owl lift off 6

Owl lift off 6

Another sequence of the mouse being carried off by the hawk owl.

Owl takes flight with prey in hand 7

Owl takes flight with prey in hand 7

Final Fly By
The final fly-by shows the owl in-flight with mouse firmly held in the owls sharp talons.

Northern hawk owl in-flight with captured mouse 8

Northern hawk owl in-flight with captured mouse 8

Prints of this encounter can be found here.

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