A Snowy owl hunting on a rise


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.


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.


She soon returned to scanning the field.


And I found another sight line.


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.

    December 23, 2016 at 7:59 pm

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  12. Gorgeous work, Christopher.

    Have a good one.


    December 23, 2016 at 5:47 pm

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