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Winter Visitor - a Snowy Owl in the Salt Marsh

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Comments (10)

D.R.Lamont on February 15, 2009

nice shot

not1word on February 15, 2009

I thought your other shot was joking, kamaly. Sorry.

Mr. Owl seems to be thinking that if he stands here, just so, and very straight, no one will notice him. Excellent shot, too!

diannemcd on February 16, 2009

Great shot, amazing he is on the only little bit of ice/snow around. Dianne

Jean Gregory Evans on February 16, 2009

Wow, what a great moment! Wow! I wonder what the story is with this shot!


Graham Hobbs on February 16, 2009

no ears! ;)


kamalyn on February 16, 2009

Thanks Don, not1word, Dianne, Jean and Graham ! Needless to say, it was a pretty amazing experience!

This is a well known birding area - extensive salt marshes at the mouth of a large river right on the coast, so it gets lots of unique visitors. I'd been at a bald eagle watching spot when someone came up and told us there was a snowy owl over here, so I HAD to rush over to get a shot to show Graham what a Snow-Cat really looks like! LOL, I was mortified to find out they don't have ears!

This one had been stalked by photographers all day - so pretty surprising it was so cooperative. Definitely a unique experience to be able to get some nice shots of it without a yard-long lens!

bainketa on February 16, 2009

Lucky you! I see the owl doesn't like cameras at all.

kamalyn on February 16, 2009

Hi bainketa - Thanks! In fact, considering the crown of photographers with meter-long lenses who had been stalking it all day, I think it put up with all the cameras really well! He didn't usually have his neck stretched out like this. I think he must have noticed something off in the distance that might have made a good meal.

Steve Paxton on February 17, 2009

sure is a find a true native of the area or from more up north. steve

kamalyn on February 17, 2009

Thanks Tonia ! And Thanks Steve ! Snowy Owls aren't too common, but not unheard of. Their summer range is up on the tundra around the Arctic. But they migrate south in the winter, and there are usually several who show up around here. But after someone told me there was one in the area, this one was rather easy to find: just look for the crowd of photographers and 2 foot long lenses! This one is now enshrined in probably thousands of GBs!

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Photo details

  • Uploaded on February 15, 2009
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    by kamalyn
    • Taken on 2009/02/15 16:52:43
    • Exposure: 0.003s (1/400)
    • Focal Length: 200.00mm
    • F/Stop: f/6.300
    • ISO Speed: ISO400
    • Exposure Bias: -0.33 EV
    • No flash