Please click on the images to view larger versions. Yesterday afternoon, I spent the day at Skagit Valley, in search of short-eared owls. I found a few, but they were all far away. However, I did manage to get one in-flight image (2nd shot above). It was my first sighting of this majestic creature. Their characteristic deep wing beats, tendency to fly relatively low to the ground, and large wind-span, allow them to be easily spotted from a distance. The opening image is of a Harrier Hawk, clutching lunch (a rat) in its talons. I hope you enjoy these!