Great Grey Owl
This was my first grey owl encounter and it was so awesome and inspiring! I love owls, but being that they're nocturnal I often go for long periods of times without seeing them. This year in Yellowstone National Park was said to be a good year for owls in general, with many tourists reporting owl sightings, including many grey owl sightings. I encountered this one while on an early morning hike looking for bull elk. I didn't find any bulls, but was just as happy with this guy!
The great grey owl or great gray owl is a very large owl, documented as the world's largest species of owl by length. It is distributed across the Northern Hemisphere, and it is the only species in the genus ''Strix'' found in both Eastern and Western Hemispheres. In some areas it is also called Phantom of the North, cinereous owl, spectral owl, Lapland owl, spruce owl, bearded owl, and sooty owl.