Stalking the Wild Snowy Owl

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Comments (7)

not1word on February 15, 2009

The paparazzi have landed!

diannemcd on February 16, 2009

I gather they are fairly uncommon? I like the shot, a different perspective. Dianne

kamalyn on February 16, 2009

LOL, n1w - I almost wanted to name the owl Paris Hilton! This is just a fraction of the firepower that had been aimed at it. Quite intimidating to arrive and see all the equipment. I felt like I might as well have been using a cellphone camera compared to all this.

Thanks dianne ! It seems they aren't too common in winter, though not at all unheard of. They're arctic tundra birds, and we're at the southern edge of the typical winter range (though they've been sighted as far south as the Caribbean)

But a good rule of thumb seems to be that the rarity of the bird is inversely proportional to the sum of the mm-of-lens aimed at it!

The owl is the gray dot in the middle of the gap between the 3 and the 1 photographer. And for Graham, I'd been going to title it 'Stalking the Wild Snow Cat', lol!

kamalyn on February 16, 2009

Thanks Tonia ! Got more today!

Sterntaucher on February 22, 2009

Oh these birders.. ;-) But You did some really nice shots! Congratulations from Munich! Mathias

kamalyn on February 22, 2009

Thanks very much Mathias - and most of the photographers were behind me in this shot! He's been in the area all month, and usually there are about 20-30 photographers who spend the day following him. It's fun to photograph the photographers photographing the bird!

not1word on February 22, 2009

I know what you mean about the cameraficiandos, kamaly. I'm loathe to even drag my tripod out, thinking that it looks too pretentious, then the long-lensers show up with three Sherpas and a small boy hauling gear, and I feel silly from a new direction.

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Photo details

  • Uploaded on February 15, 2009
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    by kamalyn
    • Taken on 2009/02/15 16:36:23
    • Exposure: 0.001s (1/800)
    • Focal Length: 22.00mm
    • F/Stop: f/7.100
    • ISO Speed: ISO400
    • Exposure Bias: -0.33 EV
    • No flash