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St. Marks Owl

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Many people have seen the image that I took of a barred owl flying in front of my friend and Jackson team mate Brooks Beatty. We were shooting promo images of the newly released Jackson Kilroy down in Florida when the once in a lifetime shot opportunity occurred. Brooks had been working a topwater frog along the dense weeds in a spring fed river when this hungry owl decided to take a swipe at it. Had Brooks not been quick on the draw the owl would have probably ended up on the line because it barely missed the frog. The image most folks have seen is with the owls sweeping wings flying away from the kayak but a lot of people have never seen the one right before that. This image has always been cool to me, seeing the owl impact the water and watching the spray as it leveled off in flight. It reminds me to keep my eye out for the beauty we are surrounded with and keep the camera ready!

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Chris Funk

Chris Funk is an avid outdoorsman and rabid photographer. He tells folks his life revolves around 6 "F"s, his Faith,Family,Fur,Fins,Feathers and Fotography. He paddles all over the Southeast with his bride Angie and son Ethan. They fish for any critter that will tighten a line and it doesn't matter if it is with conventional gear, fly gear or bowfishing gear. He and his son are on the Jackson kayak fishing team and the whole family helps with an awesome group called Paddle4Tomorrow that gets people with special needs out for a day of paddling.


+1 # Kayak_angler 2014-07-15 22:54
You couldn't have asked for a more perfect timing for that photo. Thanks for sharing.
# MichChef 2014-10-27 14:08
Unfortunately while trolling for bass with Jitterbugs one night my son hooked an owl. It was strange to turn the flashlight on and see his line heading up into the air. Finally after about an hours fight we had the bird in the boat wrapped in a jacket and got the hook out of it's talon and released it on shore. We refitted, and trolled out way back to camp only to have another owl pick up his lure. Luckily though this time when it hit the end of the line it released it.

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