There were a total of nine Great Grays that I located this fall in the Moody Creek drainage. They would allow be to get close if I would sneak up behind a small tree.
Often times they would fly away, but only a short distance.
Here one landed in the top of a small pine to watch me.
Even while I was snapping pictures, they would be constintly hunting. The large discs around their eyes allows them to pinpoint rodents over a foot under the snow. They rotate their feet so their feet is above their head as they dive into the snow. They are awesome hunters.
I will keep working this owl that I saw the other day. The only problem is that it is on private land and I am limited to certain areas to stalk it. But come summer, I will be looking for nesting pairs in the Moody Creek area.