A Snowy owl hunting on a rise

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The Snowy owl that I had photographed the previous week, I found again last Sunday.  This time she was on a snow-covered rise ~50 metres from the fence line.  It was much warmer than the week before and the sun was out so it was quite a pleasant visit.

A Snowy owl on the Albertan prairie © Christopher Martin-6232

The owl perched taking in a complete view of her surroundings – me included.  The wind was gusting ahead of a chinook that was arching across the prairies so she crouched low whenever it picked up.

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In between one of the wind blasts, she caught sight or sound of something to her left and glided towards a broken post.  She hovered for a moment and then dropped to the ground.

A Snowy owl on the Albertan prairie © Christopher Martin-6315

A Snowy owl on the Albertan prairie © Christopher Martin-6320

She grabbed something and quickly swallowed it.  She landed a little further behind the rise and in line with the post so I missed a clear line on the hunt’s conclusion.

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She soon returned to scanning the field.

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And I found another sight line.

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13 responses

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  3. What fabulous photos – and what a treat to have been able to see and photograph this action sequence!

    December 27, 2016 at 12:22 am

  4. Great work !!!

    December 26, 2016 at 3:18 am

  5. At points, it seems like she’s teasing you 🙂

    December 24, 2016 at 7:14 pm

  6. Great sequence of this beautiful Snowy Owl’s hunting behavior!! What a wonderful opportunity to witness this and capture it – thanks for sharing.

    December 24, 2016 at 2:41 pm

  7. What a fine time you had. Brings me joy to see these. Merry Christmas to you and your family.

    December 24, 2016 at 1:28 pm

  8. Stunning, beautiful, harmonious nature. Thank you for such witness–and your offerings to the rest of us. Blessings to you and yours.

    December 24, 2016 at 12:12 am

  9. So majestic. Merry Christmas Christopher.

    December 23, 2016 at 8:39 pm

  10. Such wonderful photos. It must be a beautiful experience to be able to watch her like that.
    Alison

    December 23, 2016 at 7:59 pm

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  12. Gorgeous work, Christopher.

    Have a good one.

    Frank

    December 23, 2016 at 5:47 pm

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