See photos of otherworldly owls

The North American owls and their landscapes.

  • A Snowy Owl prepares to launch into flight from a piece of driftwood just after sunrise at Ocean Shores, Washington.

    Paul Bannick
  • A Northern Pygmy-Owl looks up after digging up his cache of quail underneath the snow.

    Paul Bannick
  • Within days of leaving the nest, cavity nesting owls, like these rare Cactus Ferruginous Pygmy-Owls, spend a great deal of time peering out and attempting to be the first to receive food when a parent arrives.

    Paul Bannick
  • A Flammulated Owl brings a moth into a woodpecker-created cavity in a ponderosa pine snag. These owls are strictly nocturnal.

    Paul Bannick
  • The first of three Great Gray Owlets leaps from the nest a top a dwarf mistletoe broom, 50 feet off of the ground.

    Paul Bannick