Over the years, many readers have submitted stunning images of animals to our annual photo contest. We’ve seen photos of migrating birds, napping lynx, and demure fawns—proof of how eclectic lakeside wildlife can be.
Perhaps one of the most striking subjects that we see year after year is the owl. The nocturnal birds aren’t spotted too often except, apparently, by Cottage Life readers.
Here are 11 photos that show the majesty and undeniable beauty of one of our favourite winged creatures.