Ontario Greenbelt Photo Contest Winner

barn owl

In my previous post, I mentioned my visit to the Mountsberg Raptor Centre and included a gallery of photos I took, which included some really nice photos of one particular barn owl named Jazz.

Well a few weeks ago, I noticed that the Ontario Greenbelt Foundation was hosting a photo contest to celebrate their 10th anniversary so I decided to enter one of the barn owl photos, as the Mountsberg Raptor Centre is definitely part of the Greenbelt area and I am very fond of those photos. About a week or so after I’d entered, I was informed that I had been chosen as a finalist out of 800 entries and then it turns out I was one of the winners chosen to be part of a photo exhibiton at the McMichael Art Gallery, which is a huge honour!

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Mountsberg Raptor Centre

As a belated birthday present to myself and to show around some relatives, a few days ago we all went over to the Mountsberg Raptor Centre on one of their private tours you can book, which was super fun and gave us a behind-the-scenes look at how they feed and care for a variety of birds, including their Shrike Recovery Program.

Part of the private tour was a personal educational session and we also got a chance to hold a raptor! I was so thrilled to get a chance to have a barn owl on my gloved fist, his name is Shadow and there is nothing more magical in this world than having a barn owl stare into your eyes and then chuckle at you.

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