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Dec 03, 2011 21:10 |  #1

Got a tip from a local online bird sighting listing that a snowy owl had been spotted. Not something you see everyday in central Indiana.

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Dec 03, 2011 21:22 |  #2

Nice Opportunity! I like the second shot best, but it looks a little noisey. What is the owl sitting on?


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Dec 03, 2011 21:31 |  #3

Sorry the second photo was taken by a friend of mine. I added the wrong URL. The building he was perched on is airplane hanger


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Dec 04, 2011 08:58 |  #4

It seems to be an "irruption" year for this species in N America...check out reports here:

http://ebird.org …nt/ebird/news/g​ot-snowies (external link)

but make sure to read this paragraph carefully...

"An important word of caution about this striking and photogenic species--the birds we see in the states are already stressed, since they moved from locations in the north due to a lack of food. One of the southeast Wisconsin Snowy Owls in Ozaukee County was seen for a few days and then found dead by a farmer. Apparently the bird was extremely emaciated, so it likely starved to death. While very beautiful and often approachable, life for them can at times be very difficult, and keeping a good distance so as not to disturb them is the best approach. Please don't use live mice to lure them in to roadsides for photography. Flushing a large raptor, especially a white one can catch the attention of nearby crows causing unnecessary mobbing. We want these birds to successfully over-winter and then return back to the tundra to breed next spring."

...the birds welfare comes above getting good images!

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Dec 04, 2011 16:36 |  #5

The Snowy was still hanging around the airport today. Few people stated that he was able to catch something to eat. Perhaps he is waiting on an airplane flight back north.

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Dec 04, 2011 20:59 |  #6

HoosierHorridus wrote in post #13494255 (external link)
The Snowy was still hanging around the airport today. Few people stated that he was able to catch something to eat. Perhaps he is waiting on an airplane flight back north.

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Strange to see a bird grounded :-)


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Dec 06, 2011 20:51 |  #7

The snowy owl was still at the airport today, keeping an eye on all the bird paparazzi's.

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