A Snowy Owl Takes an Early Morning Flight

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Featured in Amazing Wildlife, Shameless Self-Promotion, Absolute Clarity, Mother Nature’s Finest, Beautiful BC, Wild Nature Photography and Writing, 300+ Go Long, The Birds, the Pacific Northwest Group, The Wonder of Wings, Amateur Photographers’ Association, and Animals and Wild Bird Photography

A group of Snowy Owls migrated to the southwest coast of British Columbia this winter, providing photographers with incredible opportunities. Unfortunately, all photographers do not share the same wildlife ethic, and there were conflicts between naturalists and photographers who were more interested in the photo than they were in their subject. The owls have mostly left now, for their long journey back to the Arctic for mating. The last time this irruptive migration took place was 2006. In this photo, shot shortly after sunrise, I was able to capture an owl leaving the water’s edge in early morning light. One day, I counted 26 owls in a space of 300 metres. On my last visit, I counted only 7. I wish these wonderful birds well, and hope I will have another opportunity to see them again.

This image was shot at Boundary Bay, Delta, BC, Canada, using a Nikon D3s and 600 mm lens with a 1.4 teleconverter (ISO 2000, 1/1250 s, f 8, +0.33 EV).

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