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Northern Hawk Owls (60) More files... by Michael Quinton
Michael Quinton has spent twenty years photographing the secret lives of hawk owls in his mosquito and grizzly bear infested big back yard - the wilderness of Wrangell/St. Elias National Park in Alaska. In this story package he chronicles the nesting season with an owl family in their snag-top nest documenting the hatching and raising of an owlet brood. The Northern Hawk Owl is a tremendous hunter able to spot prey up to a half mile away. While the female protects the young the male's job is to feed the family. To fill their food requirements he will need to catch several hundred voles during the nesting season! Before arriving at the nest he pauses to prepare the prey by removing the guts and some of the animal's fur to make feeding easier for the chicks. And they thrive. Michael's photos follow the babies as they feed, fledge and eventually leave the nest to begin their lives as adults.
Northern Hawk Owl (Surnia ulula) male bringing Northern Red-backed Vole (Clethrionomys rutilus) prey to incubating female, Alaska
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00584823 Northern Hawk Owl (Surnia ulula) male bringing Northern Red-backed Vole (Clethrionomys rutilus) prey to incubating female, Alaska© Michael Quinton
Northern Hawk Owl (Surnia ulula) parent with chicks at nest, Alaska
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00584834 Northern Hawk Owl (Surnia ulula) parent with chicks at nest, Alaska© Michael Quinton
Northern Hawk Owl (Surnia ulula) male feeding Northern Red-backed Vole (Clethrionomys rutilus) prey to incubating female, Alaska
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00584820 Northern Hawk Owl (Surnia ulula) male feeding Northern Red-backed Vole (Clethrionomys rutilus) prey to incubating female, Alaska© Michael Quinton
Northern Hawk Owl (Surnia ulula) nesting in tree stump, Alaska  -  Michael Quinton
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00437485 Northern Hawk Owl (Surnia ulula) nesting in tree stump, Alaska© Michael Quinton
Northern Hawk Owl (Surnia ulula) parent with chicks at nest, Alaska
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00584832 Northern Hawk Owl (Surnia ulula) parent with chicks at nest, Alaska© Michael Quinton
Northern Hawk Owl (Surnia ulula) male bringing Northern Red-backed Vole (Clethrionomys rutilus) prey to incubating female, Alaska
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00584819 Northern Hawk Owl (Surnia ulula) male bringing Northern Red-backed Vole (Clethrionomys rutilus) prey to incubating female, Alaska© Michael Quinton
Northern Hawk Owl (Surnia ulula) parents at nest with chick, Alaska
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00584831 Northern Hawk Owl (Surnia ulula) parents at nest with chick, Alaska© Michael Quinton
Northern Hawk Owl (Surnia ulula) pair at nest, Alaska
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00584862 Northern Hawk Owl (Surnia ulula) pair at nest, Alaska© Michael Quinton
Northern Hawk Owl (Surnia ulula) peering from nest, Alaska
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00584861 Northern Hawk Owl (Surnia ulula) peering from nest, Alaska© Michael Quinton
Northern Hawk Owl (Surnia ulula) at nest with chicks, Alaska  -  Michael Quinton
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00160516 Northern Hawk Owl (Surnia ulula) at nest with chicks, Alaska© Michael Quinton
Northern Hawk Owl (Surnia ulula) in nest in taiga, Alaska
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00584816 Northern Hawk Owl (Surnia ulula) in nest in taiga, Alaska© Michael Quinton
Northern Hawk Owl (Surnia ulula) landing at nest with eggs in taiga, Alaska
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00584824 Northern Hawk Owl (Surnia ulula) landing at nest with eggs in taiga, Alaska© Michael Quinton
Northern Hawk Owl (Surnia ulula) on nest, Alaska
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00584847 Northern Hawk Owl (Surnia ulula) on nest, Alaska© Michael Quinton
Northern Hawk Owl (Surnia ulula) pair at nest, Alaska
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00584814 Northern Hawk Owl (Surnia ulula) pair at nest, Alaska© Michael Quinton
Northern Hawk Owl (Surnia ulula) brooding chick on nest, Alaska
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00584830 Northern Hawk Owl (Surnia ulula) brooding chick on nest, Alaska© Michael Quinton
Northern Hawk Owl (Surnia ulula) at nest with eggs, Alaska
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00584853 Northern Hawk Owl (Surnia ulula) at nest with eggs, Alaska© Michael Quinton
Northern Hawk Owl (Surnia ulula) male feeding Northern Red-backed Vole (Clethrionomys rutilus) prey to incubating female, Alaska
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00584821 Northern Hawk Owl (Surnia ulula) male feeding Northern Red-backed Vole (Clethrionomys rutilus) prey to incubating female, Alaska© Michael Quinton
Northern Hawk Owl (Surnia ulula) sleeping on nest, Alaska
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00584829 Northern Hawk Owl (Surnia ulula) sleeping on nest, Alaska© Michael Quinton
Northern Hawk Owl (Surnia ulula) on nest, Alaska
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00584828 Northern Hawk Owl (Surnia ulula) on nest, Alaska© Michael Quinton
Northern Hawk Owl (Surnia ulula) parent bringing Northern Red-backed Vole (Clethrionomys rutilus)prey to chicks in nest in taiga, Alaska
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00584815 Northern Hawk Owl (Surnia ulula) parent bringing Northern Red-backed Vole (Clethrionomys rutilus)prey to chicks in nest in taiga, Alaska© Michael Quinton
Northern Hawk Owl (Surnia ulula) parent at nest with chicks, Alaska
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00584813 Northern Hawk Owl (Surnia ulula) parent at nest with chicks, Alaska© Michael Quinton
Northern Hawk Owl (Surnia ulula) preening in nest, Alaska
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00584818 Northern Hawk Owl (Surnia ulula) preening in nest, Alaska© Michael Quinton
Northern Hawk Owl (Surnia ulula) chicks in nest, Alaska
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00584833 Northern Hawk Owl (Surnia ulula) chicks in nest, Alaska© Michael Quinton
Northern Hawk Owl (Surnia ulula) chicks in nest, Alaska
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00584836 Northern Hawk Owl (Surnia ulula) chicks in nest, Alaska© Michael Quinton
Northern Hawk Owl (Surnia ulula) chicks in nest, Alaska
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00584835 Northern Hawk Owl (Surnia ulula) chicks in nest, Alaska© Michael Quinton
Northern Hawk Owl (Surnia ulula) on nest during snowfall, Alaska
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00584852 Northern Hawk Owl (Surnia ulula) on nest during snowfall, Alaska© Michael Quinton
Northern Hawk Owl (Surnia ulula) on nest during snowfall, Alaska
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00584863 Northern Hawk Owl (Surnia ulula) on nest during snowfall, Alaska© Michael Quinton
Northern Hawk Owl (Surnia ulula), Alaska
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00584855 Northern Hawk Owl (Surnia ulula), Alaska© Michael Quinton
Northern Hawk Owl (Surnia ulula), Alaska
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00584850 Northern Hawk Owl (Surnia ulula), Alaska© Michael Quinton
Northern Hawk Owl (Surnia ulula) with Northern Red-backed Vole (Clethrionomys rutilus) prey, Alaska
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00584826 Northern Hawk Owl (Surnia ulula) with Northern Red-backed Vole (Clethrionomys rutilus) prey, Alaska© Michael Quinton
Northern Hawk Owl (Surnia ulula) with Northern Red-backed Vole (Clethrionomys rutilus) prey, Alaska
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00584825 Northern Hawk Owl (Surnia ulula) with Northern Red-backed Vole (Clethrionomys rutilus) prey, Alaska© Michael Quinton
Northern Hawk Owl (Surnia ulula) male pauses to prepare Northern Flicker (Colaptes auratus) prey for owlets before returning to nest, Slana, Alaska  -  Michael Quinton
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00161058 Northern Hawk Owl (Surnia ulula) male pauses to prepare Northern Flicker (Colaptes auratus) prey for owlets before returning to nest, Slana, Alaska© Michael Quinton
Northern Hawk Owl (Surnia ulula) fledgling on branch, Alaska  -  Michael Quinton
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00160528 Northern Hawk Owl (Surnia ulula) fledgling on branch, Alaska© Michael Quinton
Northern Hawk Owl (Surnia ulula) perching on branch, spring, Alaska  -  Michael Quinton
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00160011 Northern Hawk Owl (Surnia ulula) perching on branch, spring, Alaska© Michael Quinton
Northern Hawk Owl (Surnia ulula) perching in tree in spring, Alaska
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00160008 Northern Hawk Owl (Surnia ulula) perching in tree in spring, Alaska© Michael Quinton
Northern Hawk Owl (Surnia ulula) fledgling calling, Alaska
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00584860 Northern Hawk Owl (Surnia ulula) fledgling calling, Alaska© Michael Quinton
Northern Hawk Owl (Surnia ulula) perched on snag, Alaska
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00584859 Northern Hawk Owl (Surnia ulula) perched on snag, Alaska© Michael Quinton
Northern Hawk Owl (Surnia ulula), Alaska
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00584858 Northern Hawk Owl (Surnia ulula), Alaska© Michael Quinton
Northern Hawk Owl (Surnia ulula) with Common Redpoll (Carduelis flammea) prey, Alaska
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00584857 Northern Hawk Owl (Surnia ulula) with Common Redpoll (Carduelis flammea) prey, Alaska© Michael Quinton
Northern Hawk Owl (Surnia ulula) pellets, Alaska
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00584856 Northern Hawk Owl (Surnia ulula) pellets, Alaska© Michael Quinton
Northern Hawk Owl (Surnia ulula), Alaska
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00584854 Northern Hawk Owl (Surnia ulula), Alaska© Michael Quinton
Northern Hawk Owl (Surnia ulula), Alaska
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00584851 Northern Hawk Owl (Surnia ulula), Alaska© Michael Quinton
Northern Hawk Owl (Surnia ulula) photography blind, Alaska
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00584849 Northern Hawk Owl (Surnia ulula) photography blind, Alaska© Michael Quinton
Northern Hawk Owl (Surnia ulula), Alaska
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00584848 Northern Hawk Owl (Surnia ulula), Alaska© Michael Quinton
Northern Hawk Owl (Surnia ulula) female scavenging on Caribou carcass in winter, Alaska
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00584846 Northern Hawk Owl (Surnia ulula) female scavenging on Caribou carcass in winter, Alaska© Michael Quinton
Northern Hawk Owl (Surnia ulula) fledgling taking first flight, Alaska
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00584844 Northern Hawk Owl (Surnia ulula) fledgling taking first flight, Alaska© Michael Quinton
Northern Hawk Owl (Surnia ulula) fledgling swallowing Northern Red-backed Vole (Clethrionomys rutilus) prey, Alaska, sequence 5 of 5
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00584843 Northern Hawk Owl (Surnia ulula) fledgling swallowing Northern Red-backed Vole (Clethrionomys rutilus) prey, Alaska, sequence 5 of 5© Michael Quinton
Northern Hawk Owl (Surnia ulula) fledgling swallowing Northern Red-backed Vole (Clethrionomys rutilus) prey, Alaska, sequence 4 of 5
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00584842 Northern Hawk Owl (Surnia ulula) fledgling swallowing Northern Red-backed Vole (Clethrionomys rutilus) prey, Alaska, sequence 4 of 5© Michael Quinton
Northern Hawk Owl (Surnia ulula) fledgling swallowing Northern Red-backed Vole (Clethrionomys rutilus) prey, Alaska, sequence 3 of 5
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00584841 Northern Hawk Owl (Surnia ulula) fledgling swallowing Northern Red-backed Vole (Clethrionomys rutilus) prey, Alaska, sequence 3 of 5© Michael Quinton
Northern Hawk Owl (Surnia ulula) fledgling swallowing Northern Red-backed Vole (Clethrionomys rutilus) prey, Alaska, sequence 2 of 5
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00584840 Northern Hawk Owl (Surnia ulula) fledgling swallowing Northern Red-backed Vole (Clethrionomys rutilus) prey, Alaska, sequence 2 of 5© Michael Quinton
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