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.
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.
It did a lot of preening and cleaning while sitting on the beach.
OK, I'm ready for my portrait.
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.
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.