April 9, 2014

Raven Mad

Photograph by Henrik Nilsson, National Geographic Your Shot

A great gray owl sweeps its wing in Yellowstone National Park in this picture from Your Shot member Henrik Nilsson. "The owl was being harassed by a raven," Nilsson says. "If you look closely, you can see part of the nictitating membrane in the owl's left eye."

Nilsson, who visits Yellowstone at least once a year, had been driving one morning toward the Lamar Valley to look for wolves when he came across the owl in a small meadow. "It was sitting on top of one of the conifers—presumably looking for breakfast. At one point, it relocated to an old, dead tree, and moments later, a raven joined it and commenced with quite the show. I suspect it had a nest nearby and was attempting to distract the owl away."

Nilsson's picture was recently featured in the Your Shot Daily Dozen.

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60 comments
Amanda Burns
Amanda Burns

Wow this is breathtaking; the plumage the owl's expression the blending with the old wood just love it.

Paul Hess
Paul Hess

Spectacular!! How in the world . . . . . ?  I've grown to love Owls, they're such interesting creatures, and this photo, words are inadequate to describe.

david McCall
david McCall

great moment caught in time....what a ham!!

Billy Kinnear
Billy Kinnear

He looks like he's just been caught doing something he shouldn't be!  Great expression.

Lola Rosique
Lola Rosique


What a hypnotic look! Impressive picture. 

James Windt
James Windt

Absolutely stunning image......wish I had taken this!

Jimmie Rehman
Jimmie Rehman

Good timing while taking this wonderful shot

Suthikiet Sopanik
Suthikiet Sopanik

I  wonder  what   was   the  owl thinking  when   he casting  this  picture ,   You  will   see a  lot  of  question  marks.

Janice H.
Janice H.

Awesome picture of a moment caught by the keen eye of.... a "keen eye", being the owl!      Terrific owl wingspan display photo.

Joy Saldanha
Joy Saldanha

How do you tell the difference 'tween a crow, and a raven here?  Home in India,the crow is grey and black, while the raven is glossy all black. j.e.s........

Joy Saldanha
Joy Saldanha

May as well have the owl in one of the tree's near my home, 'cause the picture looks so real and up close!  A beautiful bird, and wonderful shot of its agitation !  Once more great color and clarity to enjoy. j.e.s.......

Denise Aulie
Denise Aulie

Oh I like that dramatic sweep!  It's almost as if he did it just for you.

Quinton Lime
Quinton Lime

Beautiful shot. Look at all those feathers in that sun light.

Ryan Allendorf
Ryan Allendorf

Looks like the owl is waving and saying "sup bro"

Z. Viola
Z. Viola

It's a great moment ... and a SHOT!

deborah silber
deborah silber

This shot is spectacular!!!  Talk about capturing at the perfect moment....great job!  This is definitely my wallpaper of the day...thank u.

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