|Electric Peak in the distance|
As I turned, a large grey bird silently dropped from a tree and dove head first into the snow. After a moment on the ground it stretched its wings and returned to a nearby fir. I knew the instant it left the tree that I was watching an owl hunt. I skied to where it had dove into the snow and marveled at the feather tips marked in the soft snow.
Again the owl swooped from tree to meadow and then returned to the very top of a tree. I came closer and we examined each other. I saw its rounded face and knew I this was a Great Grey Owl, also called the Great Grey Ghost or the Phantom of the north.
Sources: J.R.R. Tolkien Lord of the Rings, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Great_Grey_Owl,