Snowies east of Langdon

Langdon Snowies - © Christopher Martin-0324

I drove east of Langdon in the evening a couple of days ago looking for owls.  At this time of the year the odds are decent to see Snowy owls perched on a silo or a fence line so I was looking for them as well as Short-eared owls that have been reported in that area recently.   It was about an hour before sundown when I found a Snowy owl perched a couple of hundred metres away along a fence line.

Langdon Snowies - © Christopher Martin-0380

This beautiful fellow flew between a few posts and was not interested in having me around so I headed west as the sun fell behind a tall bank of clouds standing over the Rocky Mountains.  I found the second, and final, Snowy of the afternoon on a small oil and gas installation built on a rise that was a bit of a hike from the road.

Langdon Snowies - © Christopher Martin-0571

She was perched on a storage tank and took only passing interest in me during my 15 minute walk towards her.  As I drew closer I took a few photographs and as color came into the sky with sunset, I took a bunch more :)!

Langdon Snowies - © Christopher Martin-0602

She kept tabs on me but had her focus on the surrounding fields.  I didn’t see anything of note but it was a different story for the owl.

 

Langdon Snowies - © Christopher Martin-0722

When she did launch she glided over to another small hill then dived into the field where it seemed she caught something.  It was too far for me to make out and when she flew again after a couple of minutes she went further away and I had no interest in chasing her any further.

Langdon Snowies - © Christopher Martin-0730

33 responses

  1. Nice Photos, Good For You

    March 17, 2016 at 10:16 pm

  2. Very Beautiful Photos, I Very Like It

    March 17, 2016 at 9:22 pm

  3. beautiful pictures 🙂

    March 7, 2016 at 7:29 am

  4. Another great series of shots ~ the 3rd one captures my eye, the perspective and story it tells, very cool.

    February 7, 2016 at 2:20 pm

  5. G E W E L D I G

    February 7, 2016 at 1:43 am

  6. Awesome snowy owls shots. Love them all.

    February 5, 2016 at 12:46 pm

  7. Hello Chris! The pics are just awesome. I’m amazed at how beautifully you’ve captured the birds….and a little surprised that how come they are out in open during daylight. I agree to one of your replies…they do seem to be very comfortable around you 🙂

    February 5, 2016 at 3:11 am

    • Hello,

      Thank you for your comment. Regarding the daytime activity, Snowy owls are diurnal meaning they are active during the day and night. Most spend their summers north of the Arctic Circle so they have adapted to the daylight as there is very little darkness at that time of the year. Here in their wintering grounds, they can often be found perched, flying and hunting during the day.

      Cheers,

      Chris

      February 5, 2016 at 12:57 pm

  8. this is so nice,
    please have a look to my blog.. https://franceskauniverse.wordpress.com/

    February 4, 2016 at 9:31 am

  9. Lovely! Thank you.

    February 3, 2016 at 10:10 am

  10. its great

    February 3, 2016 at 9:28 am

  11. These are magnificent, Chris, and your focus in the first one is pure perfection.
    Beautifully done!

    February 3, 2016 at 9:06 am

    • Thank you Lisa. I hope you have a great weekend!

      Cheers,

      Chris

      February 5, 2016 at 12:58 pm

  12. Beautiful as always.

    February 3, 2016 at 8:18 am

  13. Beautiful pictures. Owls are such beautiful birds…(Suzanne)

    February 3, 2016 at 7:33 am

  14. Ah those special moments with the snowy owls! What a treasure. I finally got to see one this year and it reminded me all over again why they are special.

    February 3, 2016 at 6:49 am

  15. i never had interest in photography, but now i am getting it after seeing many photographers, and you are also included in it…awsumm moment you caught..

    February 3, 2016 at 6:37 am

  16. Amazing..Pictures. Which camera did you use? I have a photography blog as well but it is more technical. The link is https://photographycanada2015.wordpress.com.

    February 3, 2016 at 6:28 am

  17. Great photos of a beautiful bird. Thanks for posting.

    February 3, 2016 at 6:20 am

  18. janvdijk9464

    Reblogged this on janencarinvandijk and commented:
    zo mooi deze foto reeks del hem graag

    February 3, 2016 at 3:34 am

  19. janvdijk9464

    echt schitterend mooie foto gemaakt van de werkelijkheid

    February 3, 2016 at 3:33 am

  20. Awesome photos! So beautiful!

    February 2, 2016 at 11:52 pm

  21. Biro Jasa Perijinan

    nice picture, owl always looks beautiful

    February 2, 2016 at 11:09 pm

  22. Beautiful! Thank you for sharing!

    February 2, 2016 at 9:04 pm

  23. Great photographs by a great photographer.

    February 2, 2016 at 8:27 pm

  24. Anya B

    That is amazing! Your photos are beatiful.

    February 2, 2016 at 6:35 pm

  25. I believe you must have a special connection with owls…always such interesting and, at times, seemingly quite intimate shots.

    February 2, 2016 at 6:34 pm

    • I like to think some of them feel comfortable around me. It is special to share time with them. I move slowly and try to gauge whether I’m impacting them – for every relatively close shot there are many encounters that long distance relationships. When lightning does strike I always feel honoured by the bird’s choice.

      February 2, 2016 at 6:43 pm

      • I can imagine, only. I have shared so much of your work with others. You have a unique “feel” as well as skill.

        February 2, 2016 at 6:48 pm

  26. What majestic birds they are. And you are an awesome photographer!

    February 2, 2016 at 6:34 pm

  27. mickey2travel

    Beautiful! Thank you for sharing!

    February 2, 2016 at 6:13 pm

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