Location & Date: Lamar Valley, Yellowstone National Park | July, 2013
Camera Set-Up: Nikon D800 w/ Nikon 300 2.8 and 1.4 teleconverter
Shutter Speed: 1/640
If it wasn’t for Great Grey Owls, I don’t know if we would have been able to put up with the mid-July crowds of Yellowstone National Park during the summer of 2013, but thanks to this bird of prey’s choice of nests, we didn’t have to worry about crowds, noise or traffic. Though requiring a somewhat topsy-turvy bushwhacking adventure to reach the location of this Great Grey family, the effort was always rewarded with the unique opportunity of observing and photographing the grizzly bear of the owl family, as it fed and raised two fledglings. This shot was actually the first image we took of the owls – the first of thousands – after finally finding their location. How did we know we were in the right spot? When we reached the opening, we looked around and saw nothing. But we had the feeling of being watched. So we looked up. There was the female staring into our souls.