Great Gray Owl – Dunrobin, Ontario, Canada – Jim Cumming – Featured Photographer   322 comments


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Birthday Present

Great Gray Owl –  Dunrobin, Ontario, Canada – Jim Cumming – Featured Photographer

Today is our grandmother’s 81st birthday and she loves owls of all kinds.  So we thought today would be appropriate to feature Jim Cumming.  Jim is passionate about photographing wildlife in and around Ontario and it shows.  He has several great owl photographs and he truly is the deer whisperer.  Please check out his portfolios http://www.redbubble.com/people/darby8 and  http://500px.com/JimCumming/photos after you read about his wonderful owl in flight  photo.

Take it away Jim:

I had heard there was a Great Gray Owl located in Dunrobin, Ontario, Canada and not far from my home in Kanata, Ontario so I ventured out one weekend morning to hopefully find and photograph it. Driving down a country road I noticed a handful of photographers in an open field so I stopped to inquire what was going on, upon meeting and greeting this group I was informed that they were baiting (releasing mice for owls to catch) this owl and was asked if I had any problems with that, I didn’t but then again I had no idea what they were talking about since I had never heard of this practice before. Within a few minutes I witnessed something I’ve never seen before in my life, a huge owl flying right towards me, so with camera in hand I took some shots I will never forget as long as I live.

Date taken: Feb 21, 2009
Location: Dunrobin, Ontario, Canada
Camera: Canon 40D
Lens: Canon 70-200 f4 IS
shutter speed: 1/1000
Aperture: f4
ISO: 100
Focal length: 192mm

To read more from Jim here are a couple articles from Canadian Nature Photographer by Jim

http://www.canadiannaturephotographer.com/jimcumming.html
http://www.canadiannaturephotographer.com/jimcumming2.html

322 responses to “Great Gray Owl – Dunrobin, Ontario, Canada – Jim Cumming – Featured Photographer

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  1. Wow, that is an incredible shot. I love the shadow underneath the bird, as well.

  2. A once in a lifetime shot…

  3. great shot!!!!!!

  4. Excellent….. not many words convey a feeling greater than the image itself…

  5. That is a great shot.

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  6. Some really gr-r-reat photos. What commitment, patience and vision!

  7. This has to be the best wildlife photograph I’ve ever seen. It’s perfection.

  8. This is incredible. It’s so rare to see owls at all, let alone in the day time. What an amazing opportunity. You certainly rose to the occasion. Great photo.

  9. An ab fab pic!!! We were in Canada in September 11, but our wildlife photos were restricted to the squirrels. Which were almost domesticated! A real treat for us anyway, who see such things very rarely at home!

  10. Stunning and intriguing photo!!

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  11. Very nice….

  12. Great!

  13. This is a GREAT shot

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