Snowy owl flights


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.


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.


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.





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.


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.




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



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



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. travelchipz

    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


    March 2, 2017 at 2:40 am

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