A raptor perched on an old house.

I had a beautiful encounter with a snowy owl on a barren hilltop near Namaka on Family Day.  That was preceded by a mutual fascination that this juvenile prairie falcon and I shared for a long-abandoned house on the prairies.

I was driving the backroads after sunrise primarily to look for snowies.  I like these drives on the winter prairie as the views are expansive and I always hope to see something unexpected.  I had not visited this worn out farmstead before and I stopped to have a look.  It was -27°C so I was content to take a couple of pictures out of the rolled down window – until I spied the falcon perched on the peak of the roof.  Then I got out and walked slowly closer.

After 15 minutes, I was set up beside one of the sheds a little ways off from the main house.  The falcon watched me approach but was more interested in scanning the field to the east.  I kept my lens trained on the roof for a few more minutes until the bird launched.

It flew over the field and out of my view.  I trudged back – it always seems farther and colder when returning from an encounter than it was getting there.  My hands were happy to get out of the wind and I was happy to have some nice images of this beautiful, hardy bird.

7 responses

  1. Pingback: A snowy glance | Christopher Martin Photography

    • Thank you Alexander. I hope you’re enjoying a great weekend.

      February 23, 2019 at 10:11 am

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  3. Nice capture. That is a beautiful old house.

    February 20, 2019 at 1:30 pm

  4. Dean Parsons

    What a great post. Beautiful photos. Thanks for sharing.

    February 20, 2019 at 12:45 pm

  5. Excellent photos and beautiful bird!

    February 20, 2019 at 10:18 am

  6. The bird is beautifully captured, and the house is evocative. Put them together, and the set of photos really shines. I keep thinking about those temperatures, though. They’re hard enough on a person, but are there any special precautions that need to be taken as far as protecting the camera goes?

    February 20, 2019 at 7:11 am

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