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Snow Buntings breed in the high arctic and will winter well south of their breeding range. In eastern Ontario they can often be seen in flocks in open country, farm fields and on nearby rural roads, foraging. This image shows two Snow Buntings battling it out to establish the pecking order. Though they appear very gentle and graceful in flight (often resembling a snow storm as they take-off together), they can be very aggressive toward each other. Photographed in rural Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.
Canon 7D, 400mm f5.6L, 1/3200, f7.1, iso 400, + 1 1/3 ec.


snow buntings, winter

Spending time in the outdoors has always been a passion of mine. Most of my subject matter is avian but I will readily spend hours photographing almost anything else in the natural world. Currently I live near a small town, Rockland, just east of Ottawa. I work in Ottawa and so most of my photography is done in eastern Ontario. Thank you for dropping by and enjoy.

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  • AnnDixon
    AnnDixonover 2 years ago

    Natures Paintbrush

    BEAUTIFUL work

  • Thanks, Ann!

    – Bill McMullen

  • Elaine  Manley
    Elaine Manleyover 2 years ago

    oh that is so adorable ! sweet capture

  • Thank you, Elaine!

    – Bill McMullen

  • AngieDavies
    AngieDaviesover 2 years ago

    Fantastic action shot! So expressive!

  • Thank you, Angie!

    – Bill McMullen

  • Michael Cummings
    Michael Cummingsover 2 years ago

    Excellent capture of these cute little one

  • Thanks, Michael!

    – Bill McMullen

  • Larry Trupp
    Larry Truppover 2 years ago

    Very nicely displayed Bill, with an awesome write-up as well

  • Thank you, Larry!

    – Bill McMullen

  • deb cole
    deb coleover 2 years ago

    Excellent capture, Bill! Love the contrast between the snow and the Buntings!

  • Thanks, Deb :)

    – Bill McMullen

  • shanghaiwu
    shanghaiwuover 2 years ago


  • Thanks, Shanghaiwu!

    – Bill McMullen

  • lcretyi
    lcretyiover 2 years ago

    Exquisite, Incredible, simply fabulous
    Hugs Laura

  • Many thanks, Laura!

    – Bill McMullen

  • Eyal Nahmias
    Eyal Nahmiasover 2 years ago

    Wonderful capture. Great interaction between the pair and the exposure is spot on with all the snow detail still perfect..

  • Thanks, Eyal!

    – Bill McMullen

  • Marsha Elliott
    Marsha Elliottover 2 years ago

    Awesome capture!

  • Thanks, Marsha!

    – Bill McMullen

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