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Quiet Power
Photograph by Daniel J. Cox

Gilded by low-hanging winter sun, a great gray owl skims through a Manitoba forest clearing. With feathers built to muffle the noise of air flowing over their wings, great grays are better able to hear their prey as they fly in for a kill—while offering no audible warning of their approach. "A big owl flew not three feet (one meter) over my head," photographer Dan Cox recalls. "It was absolutely silent. Those big flapping wings made no noise at all."

Photo Fast Facts

Camera: Nikon F5
Film Type: Fuji Sensia
Lens: Nikkor 300mm f/2.8
Speed and F-Stop: Unrecorded
Weather Conditions: Cold
Time of Day: Morning
Lighting Techniques: Natural light


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