Thursday, January 01, 2015

New Year's Day Snowy Owl!

100 yards at 2,500mm via digiscope.

With an 18.5mm lens. Can you see the owl?

Not wanting to overstay our welcome, Sylvia and I only remained long enough for me to take a few photographs from an appropriate distance that wouldn't disturb the owl. We didn't get any closer and we would never park or walk directly below a Snowy Owl, for such behavior would likely cause the bird to fly away. On the other hand, if it had flown off it might have provided an opportunity for a cool flight shot. Or better yet, it might have selected a perch closer to the road, like a utility pole or pine tree. But then you risk flushing it a second or third time should you keep pursuing it ... and such birder conduct is considered harassment. As the Boundary Bay Regional Park sign states: "If snowy owls take flight—you're too close!"

Link: Return of the Snowy Owls

Pheasant Branch, Dane, US-WI
Jan 1, 2015 10:30 AM - 1:00 PM
37 species

Canada Goose
Ring-necked Pheasant
Cooper's Hawk
Bald Eagle
Red-tailed Hawk
Ring-billed Gull
Rock Pigeon
Mourning Dove
Great Horned Owl
Barred Owl
Red-bellied Woodpecker
Downy Woodpecker
Hairy Woodpecker
Northern Flicker
Blue Jay
American Crow
Horned Lark
Black-capped Chickadee
Tufted Titmouse
White-breasted Nuthatch
Brown Creeper
Hermit Thrush
American Robin
European Starling
Cedar Waxwing
American Tree Sparrow
Fox Sparrow
Song Sparrow
White-throated Sparrow
White-crowned Sparrow
Dark-eyed Junco
Northern Cardinal
House Finch
Pine Siskin
American Goldfinch
House Sparrow

All images © 2015 Mike McDowell