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
Great Horned Owl
American Tree Sparrow
All images © 2015 Mike McDowell