Species: Great Grey Owl | Location: Ekolsund, Sweden
In 2012 there was an eruption of great grey owls in Sweden, and many moved south from their usual habitat in the North of Sweden. I was lucky to see three of these magnificent birds at once when they were hunting for prey a mile away from my home. Being just a few metres away from these beautiful birds that I had always dreamt of seeing in the wild was phenomenal. It moved me to tears and inspired my passion for bird photography. This photo is one of my favourites of the thousands that I took of these owls.
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About The Photographer
I have always loved nature, but my passion for photography developed much more recently. I was born in the UK and moved to Sweden in 2010. Inspired by the beauty of this country and its nature, I began my journey to become a nature photographer. My most memorable experience was a close encounter with a great grey owl. Being just a few metres away from this beautiful bird that I had always dreamt of seeing in the wild was phenomenal and moved me to tears. I had one of the images that I took of a great grey owl published in the BBC Wildlife Magazine. While in Sweden I completed a Diploma in Photography. In 2012 I moved to North America, and while I was sad to leave Sweden, I was excited to explore a different country and its nature. I am an avid birdwatcher, and the prospect of being able to photograph so many new species of birds was very exciting to me. I am a member of the North Shore Camera Club in Illinois where I regularly compete and have won several awards. I exhibit my photographs locally and have just set up Emma England Nature Photography as a business. I would like my images to convey my passion for nature and hope that they inspire people to appreciate the beauty of the planet on which we live.