Great grey owl
"So wonderful to finally see one. I have waited a long time and he sat there for quite awhile hunting from his perch."
Great grey owl
"I spoke to this owl while i took its picture telling it to "work it" and strike poses and it actually seemed to be listening to me. We chilled in this spot as I ate my lunch and when i finished up he took off, caught a mouse or vole, and ate his lunch on a nearby tree. I loved this little guy."
Taking a nap
"This barred owl has lived behind our cottage in the forest for years, but he arrived one afternoon and landed in a tree right behind our cottage. My husband was lucky enough to be able to approach it close enough to get this shot. I'll never forget how exciting it was to be so close to such a beautiful creature."
"While out on a shore lunch, my family and I stumbled upon this little guy. He was fearless, picture was taken with no zoom!"
Winking barred owl
Shot on Saturna Island, B.C.
A grey owl
"A grey owl was spotted in Kingsville, Ontario in 2012. The media attention this snowbird attracted was immense."
Just waking up
"This owl just opened its eyes and stretched."
Sleeping the day away
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.