They're back. Snowy Owls.

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Justme Forum Pro • Posts: 22,241
They're back. Snowy Owls.
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Snowy owls moved early into the western Great Lakes area. Wisconsin and Michigan has plenty of snowy owls now. I live in Ottawa and had an opportunity to photograph my first snowy owl of Fall 2015 this weekend.

Even using a Canon 7D MK2 + 500 f4 II + 1.4x III the owl was still far away. Left my 2x at home or I would have used it.

Not the prettiest photo but a corn field is what it is. Adult male snowy owl. Thanks for looking.

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Re: They're back. Snowy Owls.

Absolutely stunning!  I've been following your work for a while now and even with the limitations you list, you've got yourself another winner.  So, get back out there and shoot more.  Love the Snowy Owls.

Hoot, Hoot,

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It's always nice to nail the first shot of the season. And an impressive one at that for the focal length. Sounds like you'll have plenty of subjects this winter to add to your collection(s). Looking forward to seeing future captures of these beautiful birds.

Nick

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pixelsmithy Contributing Member • Posts: 540
Re: They're back. Snowy Owls.

Super nice catch!

Believe it or not, I nabbed three different snowy owls in the Kearney, Nebraska area back in the big irruption of winter 13/14 (and saw another that was road kill some 20 miles east of Kearney). Sounds like numbers & sightings this year are even ahead of that year.

http://ebird.org/content/ebird/news/snowy1015/

Map of eBird-reported sightings so far this year:
http://ebird.org/ebird/map/snoowl1?neg=true&env.minX=-120.45284022215424&env.minY=24.276416241940016&env.maxX=-51.01924647215424&env.maxY=53.61167420741906&zh=true&gp=true&ev=Z&mr=on&bmo=9&emo=10&yr=cur

Sadly, irruptions are bad news for the birds because many are not in good physical condition after travelling so far from their native hunting grounds seeking food. But sightings are still a rare treat for photographers.

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Re: They're back. Snowy Owls.

pixelsmithy wrote:

Super nice catch!

Believe it or not, I nabbed three different snowy owls in the Kearney, Nebraska area back in the big irruption of winter 13/14 (and saw another that was road kill some 20 miles east of Kearney). Sounds like numbers & sightings this year are even ahead of that year.

http://ebird.org/content/ebird/news/snowy1015/

Map of eBird-reported sightings so far this year:
http://ebird.org/ebird/map/snoowl1?neg=true&env.minX=-120.45284022215424&env.minY=24.276416241940016&env.maxX=-51.01924647215424&env.maxY=53.61167420741906&zh=true&gp=true&ev=Z&mr=on&bmo=9&emo=10&yr=cur

Sadly, irruptions are bad news for the birds because many are not in good physical condition after travelling so far from their native hunting grounds seeking food. But sightings are still a rare treat for photographers.

They may say they're not in good physical condition but I haven't seen that to be the case along the coast of Massachusetts. Healthy and strong birds with plenty of food for them here.

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Re: They're back. Snowy Owls.

GDB wrote:

Absolutely stunning! I've been following your work for a while now and even with the limitations you list, you've got yourself another winner. So, get back out there and shoot more. Love the Snowy Owls.

Hoot, Hoot,

gary

Apologies for the late reply.  It has been very busy at work.  Enjoying the holidays and hope everyone else is too.  After some mild early fall like weather for most of December, we finally got dumped on today.  What a snow storm with strong wind gusts.  Saw many vehicles stuck on the road so I drove extra carefully and escaped even though I was out for most of the day.

Thanks Gary.  Appreciate your kind words.  I didn't let the heavy snow stop me today   I plan to be out again tomorrow (on vacation this week).

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AvyMan wrote:

It's always nice to nail the first shot of the season. And an impressive one at that for the focal length. Sounds like you'll have plenty of subjects this winter to add to your collection(s). Looking forward to seeing future captures of these beautiful birds.

Nick

Thanks Nick.  With the heavy snow fall today, more owls may be moving southward here.

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Re: They're back. Snowy Owls.

pixelsmithy wrote:

Super nice catch!

Believe it or not, I nabbed three different snowy owls in the Kearney, Nebraska area back in the big irruption of winter 13/14 (and saw another that was road kill some 20 miles east of Kearney). Sounds like numbers & sightings this year are even ahead of that year.

http://ebird.org/content/ebird/news/snowy1015/

Map of eBird-reported sightings so far this year:
http://ebird.org/ebird/map/snoowl1?neg=true&env.minX=-120.45284022215424&env.minY=24.276416241940016&env.maxX=-51.01924647215424&env.maxY=53.61167420741906&zh=true&gp=true&ev=Z&mr=on&bmo=9&emo=10&yr=cur

Sadly, irruptions are bad news for the birds because many are not in good physical condition after travelling so far from their native hunting grounds seeking food. But sightings are still a rare treat for photographers.

Thanks. Sorry for the late response. Unfortunately for the owls they do not have much choice but to move southward to find food and for survival. I was following the blogs on the Project Snowstorm site and a number of the early arrivals this fall have been found to be in a weakened state. They compared that to previous winters where owls arrived in a more healthier condition.  The numbers being reported here in eastern Ontario are still higher than a normal winter but nit in the numbers seen for the last 2 winters.

http://www.projectsnowstorm.org/blog-posts/

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stevef1961 wrote:

They may say they're not in good physical condition but I haven't seen that to be the case along the coast of Massachusetts. Healthy and strong birds with plenty of food for them here.

Here is a good link for more info on the snowy owl irruption (I know they call the second winter after an irruption year an echo and I'm guessing this being the 3rd year straight is another echo winter) for this fall and winter.

http://www.projectsnowstorm.org/blog-posts/

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