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Dec 31, 2013 05:32 |  #1

A friend and I traveled to try to find a Snowy Owl Christmas Eve but came home empty. We then went back Christmas day in hopes of finding one so she could mark it off of her bucket list.

We ended up seeing 2 but only photographed one because the one we photographed chased off the other one that came in from the ocean and landed on the beach.

This Owl was nervous so we kept our distance for obvious reasons. This is how we found her first Owl...sitting on a nice piece of driftwood on the beach. Most, if not all of my shots of Snowy Owls are taken at 1050mm using stacked extenders (Canon 1.4II and a Kenko non-reporting 1.5) and are cropped to some extent. This one had fresh blood on it's face and feet so it had just recently eaten something.

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This is where it ended up after chasing off the other Owl that landed on the beach. I walked down to the water to try to get a different view of the Owl with the blowing sand.

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It did a lot of preening and cleaning while sitting on the beach.

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OK, I'm ready for my portrait.


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It eventually flew down the beach and moved towards the water. This is my friend photographing her first Snowy Owl using the "Lens on steriods" as she calls it. This also gives you an idea of the distance we were from the Owl.

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One last parting shot after it moved to a new perch and started preening again. We were the only ones on the beach that day and we left it to enjoy the rest of the day by itself.

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Dec 31, 2013 05:49 |  #2

Great series and story.


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Dec 31, 2013 05:52 |  #3

Great captures Duane, well doneā€¦thanks for sharing.


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Dec 31, 2013 06:21 as a reply to  @ budcam's post |  #4

Nicely done, Duane. They're sure easy to spot, they are so large and bulky, and usually sitting out in the open like that. Your eagles will be missing you! ;)


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Dec 31, 2013 07:18 |  #5

You sure have these Snowy's down pat Duane. Congrats on what must be over 10K images!


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Dec 31, 2013 07:56 |  #6

Very nice set Duane.
Its good you showed her the owl but taught her to
keep some distance.



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Dec 31, 2013 08:27 |  #7

Great work Duane. Nice variety. I had 7 of them in an area the other day near my home but around here they love to sit on power poles!!! You can only shoot so many birds on power poles. Your beach makes for some great compositions.




  
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Dec 31, 2013 10:41 |  #8

Very nice Duane


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Dec 31, 2013 11:33 |  #9

Another well done series Duane


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Dec 31, 2013 14:36 |  #10

Wonderful series Duane.


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Dec 31, 2013 16:30 |  #11

neat set Duane!


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Dec 31, 2013 17:37 |  #12

Excellent series...the eyes are killer


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Jan 01, 2014 06:24 as a reply to  @ horse51's post |  #13

Thanks for posting these Duane. I am so glad you are sharing your adventures. Still planning how I might see my first snowy.




  
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Jan 01, 2014 14:56 |  #14

Thank you all for the replies and sorry for the late response. I been across 2 states in 2 days searching for #9 Owl to photograph and I found it earlier today. What an adventure this has been the last 2 weeks.

Wallace River wrote in post #16566207 (external link)
Nicely done, Duane. They're sure easy to spot, they are so large and bulky, and usually sitting out in the open like that. Your eagles will be missing you! ;)

The eagles I used to photograph are no longer around...if they do happen to build a nest (which they have done already this year) it will be torn down by the USDA-WS. These Owls have occupied my time since the demise of these eagles by agencies who are supposed to protect them. :rolleyes:

Oldjackssparrows wrote in post #16566274 (external link)
You sure have these Snowy's down pat Duane. Congrats on what must be over 10K images!

Not quite that many...I can afford to pick and choose now and I'm thankful to be able to do that. :D

jhayesvw wrote in post #16566328 (external link)
Very nice set Duane.
Its good you showed her the owl but taught her to
keep some distance.

Actually, she's more restrained than I am and didn't need any teaching....she actually teaches me and keeps me in check a lot of the time. :lol: I hang with a great group of people who aren't worried about getting their shots. :D

res wrote in post #16566386 (external link)
Great work Duane. Nice variety. I had 7 of them in an area the other day near my home but around here they love to sit on power poles!!! You can only shoot so many birds on power poles. Your beach makes for some great compositions.

Funny...although I love the beach scene I say to myself sometimes "how many pictures do you need of an Owl sitting on a snad dune with it's eyes closed. :lol:

masukalu wrote in post #16568643 (external link)
Thanks for posting these Duane. I am so glad you are sharing your adventures. Still planning how I might see my first snowy.

I wish you lucky finding your first and hopefully capturing a memory of it...it's quite a thrill seeing your first one. :D


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