Great Grey Owl - The Phantom Of The North

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Visitors to the Suffolk Owl Sanctuary will be familiar with the impressive good looks of our resident Great Grey Owl, Taiga. But though it's true our part of the world can be a trifle chilly at times, Taiga's Great Grey contemporaries remarkably survive in a far less temperate and far harsher climate than ours in the snowy wastes of climes like Canada and Northern Europe.

British photographer Jules Cox kindly gave permission for us to reproduce some images of Great Grey Owls in their natural habitat, in this case the wastes of Lapland. Jules has previously travelled there in the hope of capturing some images of this magnificent raptor for his wildlife portfolio - and on the last visit, came up trumps.

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"For the last few years I've visited Finland in winter in the hope of photographing these beautiful birds. Just after I'd returned from the previous trip, a friend told me that a pair had been seen hunting in open areas of Lapland: as they're a nomadic bird, I wasted no time in returning before they moved on and was lucky enough to find six Great Greys in the area when I arrived literally a few hours later."

We hope you enjoy these wonderful pictures, of which you can find more amongst a stunning array of wildlife images at Jules's home website,
http://www.julescoxphotography.co.uk/ and the in-depth story of how these images were captured on his blog about the experience