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This is a rare bird, a beautiful bird. When I photographed her, she was alone, a long distance from others of her kind. She is the first recorded visitor of her kind to Vancouver Island, and I had the good fortune to see her and to capture this image near Nanaimo, British Columbia, Canada. She is a Northern Hawk Owl (Surnia ulula) common in the boreal forests around the globe, but a long ways from the boreal forest of British Columbia.

Nikon D300, Nikkor f4 600 mm lens, f10, 1/400s.

If I could live my life to live over, I would be a biologist because nature provides me with such joy and passion. I am able to capture and share my experiences in nature with good camera gear, and through the medium of RedBubble. I hope you enjoy my work capturing scenes from nature.

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  • Vickie Emms
    Vickie Emmsalmost 6 years ago

    these shots are worth a million bucks David, I hope they sell like crazy for you, absolutely stunning photography!

  • LOL, Vickie. if I earn a million I will share it with you. I always love your comments. Thank you.

    – David Friederich

  • lorilee
    lorileealmost 6 years ago

    A fabulous capture – very interesting!!!!!!

  • Thank you, Lorilee.

    – David Friederich

  • Donna Adamski
    Donna Adamskialmost 6 years ago

    That is so cool…glad you saw her. Fabulous capture David :)

  • Thank you, Donna. This is special.

    – David Friederich

  • mmills3080
    mmills3080almost 6 years ago

    wonderful image! How incredible that you were able to photograph this beautiful owl! I have always thought owls were very pretty birds.

  • They are, Michelle, and today was a special experience for me. Thank you.

    – David Friederich

  • Anthea  Slade
    Anthea Sladealmost 6 years ago

    Oh gorgeous composition David…I lve the expression and the engagement of his eyes looking into the camera. Perfect positioning and light. Great Work.

  • Thank you, dear Anthea. I so love all your comments on my work. The eyes are amazing. I concentrated on them in all 600 plus images I captured this morning. Love your comment….

    – David Friederich

  • Anthea  Slade
    Anthea Sladealmost 6 years ago

    Wow that is impressive David 600 plus photos…you are so very talented at these photos I hope you realise dear David. I always enjoy looking at your work and feel compelled to write comments. I am glad that you like my comments.

  • Dear Anthea, I do love your comments. My shoots usually involve many hundreds of images…not because I am so good, but to get at least one or two good images. I so enjoy your comments and your encouragement. Thank you so very much, Anthea,

    – David Friederich

  • Sandy Stewart
    Sandy Stewartalmost 6 years ago

    Awe,….what a lovely capture of our dear little visitor on her favorite branch! Lovely warm lighting on here and she is looking right at you! I am so happy to see that you were blessed with getting to see her in real life and capture some lovely shots to remember her by! I was quite concerned this past Thurs when I saw her being attacked by a flock of Crows. I thought they may end up either harming her and or driving her off from the territory she has claimed since landing here on the island. She isn’t the first Northern Hawk Owl to be sighted on Vancouver Island, but apparently the first in over 40 years, so says an avid long time birder! :)

  • Sandy, I had so much fun. I loved the connections I made with other photographers and birders. I am learning about this bird, with your comments and with other info. Shortly after I arrived on the scene, crows chased her, but she seemed to know that the humans lining the road would protect her. The crows disappeared.

    – David Friederich

  • Beve Brown-Clark
    Beve Brown-Clarkalmost 6 years ago

    LMAO…stellar work! 600 images…ummmmm…you weren’t too excited about this guy were you! Beautiful composition…awesome site!

  • LOL, I had space on my card(s)…I am guessing the others with their big lenses shot similar numbers. Thank you, Beve. I always love your comments.

    – David Friederich

  • cptkirk
    cptkirkalmost 6 years ago

    Great shot David!!

  • Thank you, Kirk.

    – David Friederich

  • Neil Bygrave (NATURELENS)
    Neil Bygrave (...almost 6 years ago

    Great image.

  • Thank you, NatureLens.

    – David Friederich

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