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Dec 01, 2017 20:53 |  #1

Went back this morning to the area where I found the gyrfalcon, that one was gone but found this female sitting within 15-20 yards of the road-first time I've ever had one sit for photos. No sign of being stressed and she was still there when I left. This makes at least 4 years in a row snowy owls have shown up within 1/4 mile of this spot.


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Dec 01, 2017 21:15 |  #2

Lucky you. I've seen raptors do very well with only one eye. Nice catch.


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Dec 01, 2017 21:19 as a reply to  @ Candor's post |  #3

Thanks. Have been trying to figure that eye out-not sure if it's injured or just closed. I have one shot that turned out pretty lousy, with the eye on that side slightly visible.

Edit-they're definitely survivors though. A rehabber in my area euthanized an eagle that had been caught in a trap and lost a leg some years ago "because eagles need two legs to survive"-but photos have been posted here of a very healthy looking eagle, missing one leg, catching a fish.




  
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Dec 01, 2017 21:46 |  #4

It looks like an injury or an anomaly of some sort to me. I don't think this could be attributed to a closed eye. It's amazing how resilient they can be given very difficult circumstances. I've only run across one one-legged raptor for a short period of time and it was an Osprey that was very good at catching fish but was struggling to eat them.


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Dec 05, 2017 11:21 |  #5

I'm really getting jealous of these snowy shots. What a cool bird and nicely captured


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