The great gray owl is a majestic thing, to say the least. But when focused on hunting, this beautiful creature is a force to be reckoned with. These masterful birds of prey hunt by listening and watching from a perch and then swooping down on unsuspecting prey; alternatively, they will hunt by flying low over open areas. In the snow, they can hear prey even a foot below the surface and swoop through the layers to catch dinner. Thanks to Flickr user ChristinaAnne.M for such a vivid illustration of this illustrious bird.
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