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Snowy owl flights

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I started a morning last weekend watching a snowy owl.  When she had a long yawn, that seemed like a good sign to keep moving.  I left the napper and headed along a range road which ran due north.  After a few miles, this owl popped into view as it flew out from behind a small bush.

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Happily, it wasn’t too upset by the disturbance and landed about 100 metres to the east.  I took a few photos from the roof of my car and then pulled out my longest lens (500mm) and the monopod as it felt like I had time before he might start hunting again.

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That started a great 90 minute stretch where I was able to move into good positions (the owl, me and the sun in a line) a couple of times while he hunted across the field.  There was a lot of preening, listening and looking around (and the occasional glance my way) in between the three flights he made while I was there.

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He flew back to the road, and directly past me, on the first flight and landed where a slight rise afforded a view in both directions.  He stayed pretty alert and it did not take very long before a target was found.

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The owl flew a very short distance and then dropped on the far side of the road.  He grabbed a small mouse that was beneath the snow but not safe from this accomplished hunter.

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He finished second breakfast and flew back close to the roadside perch.  The light was amazing and lit up the golden eyes.

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More than an hour later he flew across the field away from me and I headed home.

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15 responses

  1. Spectacular series. You must have the patience of a saint!

    March 2, 2017 at 8:30 pm

  2. I think the owls love you and vice versa, and what a grand relationship!

    March 2, 2017 at 4:41 pm

  3. What a thrill that would have been! And I like how the focus is on the owl while everything else is softened. That and the colours make for beautiful shots!

    March 2, 2017 at 12:32 pm

  4. Brilliant!

    March 2, 2017 at 10:16 am

  5. Gorgeous photos.

    March 2, 2017 at 8:52 am

  6. Love your Owl photos. very clear.

    March 2, 2017 at 8:11 am

  7. Gorgeous

    March 2, 2017 at 8:06 am

  8. Beautiful photos of a gorgeous bird!

    March 2, 2017 at 7:37 am

  9. Reblogged this on Le Bien-Etre au bout des Doigts.

    March 2, 2017 at 6:21 am

  10. Victorie

    Your photos inspire me!!

    March 2, 2017 at 5:53 am

  11. Reblogged this on O LADO ESCURO DA LUA and commented:
    Parabéns pelas fotos. Amo corujas. E acho as fotos em movimento sensacionais. Continue, sou seu admirador. Abraços do Brasil.

    March 2, 2017 at 4:42 am

  12. I really love your photos. Amazing.

    March 2, 2017 at 2:46 am

  13. This looks beautiful. You must be very patient to capture all these lovely images.

    March 2, 2017 at 2:45 am

  14. Amazing photos. I love birds and the Snowy Owl looks so stunning in your photos. Thanks for sharing! 🙂

    March 2, 2017 at 2:41 am

  15. taikunping

    magical

    March 2, 2017 at 2:40 am

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