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{VIDEO+PICS} A silent killer swooping from the skies: Awesome image captures power of the great grey owl as it closes in on its prey

Majestic: The great grey owl swoops down on the tiny mouse who has no chance of escaping

Majestic: The great grey owl swoops down on the tiny mouse which has no chance of escaping

This incredible sequence of photographs has captured the deadly moment a great grey owl swoops down on an unassuming mouse and snags its prey.

The majestic bird swoops from the sky to snatch the tiny rodent from the ground below.

Wings spread and talons outstretched, the magnificent bird grabs its prey and firmly clutches in its beak before tucking into the tasty meal.

The shots were captured in February by photographer Tom Samuelson, 55, while taking photographs along the Lake Superior shoreline just south of Two Harbors in Minnesota, U.S.

Mr Samuelson, from Minnesota, said: 'A friend and I continually monitor different websites for wildlife activity in the area and heard there were a good number of owls at the location so headed over.

'Although owls are notoriously shy creatures it is possible to get up close and personal with them.

'Great greys are very tolerant of humans as long as you approach them in the right manner.

Helpless: The unassuming mouse has no idea that it is about the be captured by the magnificent bird

Helpless: The unassuming mouse has no idea that it is about the be captured by the magnificent bird

 

Nature: Wings spread and talons outstretched, the owl bird snares its helpless prey before tucking into the meal

Nature: Wings spread and talons outstretched, the owl bird snares its helpless prey before tucking into the meal

Caught: These incredible images showing the moment an owl captures its prey were taken by wildlife photographer Tom Samuelson

Caught: These incredible images showing the moment an owl captures its prey were taken by wildlife photographer Tom Samuelson

'I have had them within feet of me and they will sit there as long as you are quiet and don't move.

'On this occasion our tip was right on the money as we didn't have to wait long to capture the amazing animal.' 

Mr Samuelson had barely set up his Canon 5D Mark II camera when the owl swooped in to catch the mouse.

No match: The owl holds the defenseless mouse in his beak before eating it for dinner

No match: The owl holds the defenseless mouse in his beak before eating it for dinner

 

Dinner: The shots were captured by photographer Tom Samuelson while shooting along the Lake Superior shoreline in Minnesota

Dinner: The shots were captured by photographer Tom Samuelson while shooting along the Lake Superior shoreline in Minnesota

 

All gone: Mr Samuelson had barely set up his Canon 5D Mark II camera when the owl swooped in to catch the mouse

All gone: Mr Samuelson had barely set up his Canon 5D Mark II camera when the owl swooped in to catch the mouse

 

Magnificent: According to Mr Samuelson owls are shy creatures but it is possible to get up close to photograph them

Magnificent: According to Mr Samuelson owls are shy creatures but it is possible to get up close to photograph them

'It was an incredible yet quite terrifying moment to see how quickly and accurately the owls can catch prey like that,' he said. 

'I didn't think the shots would come out so clean with it happening so fast.

'I love nature photography - it gets me out into the natural world. There is so much beauty out there.'

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Comment by barbara glover on April 26, 2013 at 4:31pm

dat bird will eat u up a hope it don't come here

Comment by keven blaq on April 26, 2013 at 12:16pm
S***
Comment by tori otto on April 24, 2013 at 11:37pm

it's survival 

Comment by barbara glover on April 24, 2013 at 8:38am

dis bird is bigger then a john crow dis bird will eat a human alieve d bird will eat cat and dogs too hahaha

Comment by Cee Gee on April 24, 2013 at 7:34am

My cat does that....

Comment by Steveon Williams on April 24, 2013 at 6:01am
Nature
Comment by KOR on April 24, 2013 at 12:18am

Amazing.

Comment by Bombahdrop on April 23, 2013 at 11:20pm
Trust me you won't catch me nowhere around this creature, im a chicken lol ! If I ever cross paths with this owl I'll pretend I don't see it hahahaha
Comment by Bombahdrop on April 23, 2013 at 11:17pm
Limbo hahHaha
Comment by Shannakay Garrison on April 23, 2013 at 10:55pm
@bombahdrop. his wing may look powerful. but he look like a ugly owl that deserve to be far.far away. the mouse not even running. the ugly thing couldv'e walk

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