I captured a reasonably complete owl hunt the other day; following is a sequence of photos of the hunt. Too bad he was unsuccessful so I couldn't get the prey shot, but it was fun to watch and photograph.  And I actually kept the owl in focus the whole time, which was a first. Does that mean I'm getting better? When the owl hears prey under the snow, they go into this hover flight while they pinpoint the target.

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Then he enters a dive

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in full dive-bomb mode

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then as they are hitting the snow, they attack with their feet, breaking through the crust on the snow to hopefully reach the prey underneath

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This time he missed, got up and looked back in the hole in the snow. He must have heard the prey still under there, because he decided to attack again. I have never seen this behavior before so it was pretty cool.

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Locate the prey

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jump up in the air

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dive-bomb

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attack with the talons

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Unsuccessful once again...  Time to look around and watch the crazy photographer with a grin on his face.

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Fly away, back to a perch to keep hunting (better luck next time!)

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And they all lived happily ever after. The end.

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