I used to post the Friday frog — until I ran out of suitable frogs to post. So now it’s time for the Friday owl. This one is a short eared owl. They are one of the most widely distributed birds in the world, occurring on every continent except for Antarctica and Australia. Like most owls, short eared owls tend to be nocturnal and hunt at night. But in areas — and years — where the rodent population is high, they will become quite active in the day. This was the case when I was in Boundary Bay and I was able to get quite a few shots of them flying around hunting for voles.
Nikon D800 with Nikkor 200-400mm lens (at 400mm) ISO 1250, f/5 at 1/1000th of a second