Friday, January 15, 2016

First Snow of 2016

     I got out of work early today and tried my luck to find myself a snowy owl. For the privacy of the owl, I will not disclose the location, but it was a real treat as the light of day faded away to see this owl. Enjoy!
With 14 vertebrae making up their neck, owls have the ability to turn their heads 270 degrees. Humans and giraffes only have 7 neck vertebrae and a far less flexible neck. The eyes of owls are fixed, they cannot move their pupils, so an extra flexible neck compensates for this.
Snowy owls nest and raise their young in the Arctic. In winter, their range extends south, and in years where the summer treats them exceptionally well, it results in an irruption- a large number of snowy owls extending their range more South than normal and in large numbers.

Snowy owls are awesome predators, hunting prey that crawls below the snow, using their exceptional hearing to do so.
I was giving this bird a respectable distance and my 70x300mm lens is like nothing compared to some of the lenses I see out there. These photos are zoomed in, cropped- and not totally crisp.

remember if you do happen to view an owl or any wildlife that you always give a respectable distance between you and what you are viewing. If your subject flees or threatens to, you're too close, back off.  It is most important to respect the wildlife we view. 

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