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Snowy Owl

Snowy Owl
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Copyright: Rick Price (Adanac) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-03-17
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon 20D, Canon 100-400/4.5-5.6L IS
Exposure: f/8, 1/500 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Theme(s): Snowy Owls (Bubo scandiacus) [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-04-13 6:51
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Favorites: 1 [view]
Points: 46
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
While checking wells at work, I found this well was already checked by this Snowy Owl who was using it for a vantage point for finding her next meal. The black she is stanging on is spray on insulation, I cropped out as much as I dared as it doesn't look very natural.
Snowy Owl
Bubo scandiacus
By Nora Bryan

This large white, heavily feathered owl breeds in the high arctic. In years of abundant prey, few owls may migrate. In years where prey is scarce, large numbers of males migrate south across much of Canada. Immatures may travel even further south into the States.

Look for this owl in open fields and marshes from November through March, particularly in those winters when large numbers of owls migrate from the north. You might find them on the ground, on fence posts or telephone poles as they survey the snowy terrain for a morsel.

Lemmings form the bulk of this bird's diet in the tundra. Hares, rodents, birds and even carrion constitutes much of this great white bird's diet on its southern wintering grounds.

Snowy Owls breed in the high arctic tundra. Nests are no more than shallow depressions on a mound or gravel ban, supplemented with feathers and scraps of moss. Clutch size varies with prey abundance. Three to ten white eggs are incubated for more than a month, and young are fledged 14 to 28 days after hatching.

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Hi Rick,
an attractive upload with great details even though it is standing on something unnatural,if not for your note my guess would have been a mound of dirty snow.Tfs. Bob

attractive nice bird....very nice shot..congratulation...

Hi Rick
One of my favorite bird is Snowy Owl :)
I made some changes in my workshop just show you another way to show this beauty.
I hope you like it :)

Hey Rick, :)

Man are you serious, that's it I'm packing my bags and moving! What an Excellent subject to happen upon. Well done, Love the details in her feet (yes I have a thing for bird feet...course you would never know it with as many as I chop off in my pics! lmbo) Great POV and the lighting was working for you as well. Great job on the crop as well, interesting notes. Awesome as always, you're a superstar in my book! Have a wonderful day. :)


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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2007-04-13 9:08]

Hi Rick.
You have shared a picture of a very nice owl. I like soft colour palette of the picture. It suits to pictured hero very well. Despite some art softness the details of the bird are great as well as the reproduction of the owl feathers. Elegant picture. My compliments and TFS.

Howdy Rick,
U2 AB boys are keeping me hoppin' eh!

I feel the owl - because of its stature - can benefit from a more portrait like presentation. At the same time some colour saturation will help in bringing out the beauty of this bird...

Tfs and letting me play with white owl on back tar! Jay

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  • Debz Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 505 W: 0 N: 847] (3307)
  • [2007-04-13 10:05]

Hi Rick, what a lucky find! Very nice shot showing his markings very clearly. A beautiful bird which you have captured very well. Great POV and sharpness and detail throughout.

Hello Rick
What an intersting subject,
Great sharpness and composition,


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  • ridvan Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 498 W: 0 N: 1136] (5205)
  • [2007-04-13 10:48]

selam rick; Beautiful shot.
Excellent background,colors and details with good eye contact really interesting animal this is TFS
Well done.

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2007-04-13 10:52]

Hi Rick,

Wonderful capture of this Snowy Owl. Of course we do not have these here. He looks so soft and, well, snowy. The colors are soft and pretty and the details are wonderful.


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  • GLEM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 540 W: 87 N: 750] (10)
  • [2007-04-13 11:31]

salut Rick,
quels yeux il a ce rapace ! très beau spéciment pris dans une belle posture fier. Excellent travail.


A beautiful picture, Rick.
The bird assesses you cooly with those slit-like eyes, standing tall and dignified.
Those markings on its white plumage look very attractive.
Since I know nothing about this species of owls, your note gives a balanced information about it to my great advantage.
Thanks and take care.

Hi Rick,
Beautiful shot of this snow owl. Excellent composition and eye contact. Great details, POV and DOF. I like this picture, I will directly add this one to my favorite. Well done and TFS,

Wow a lovely regal shot of this owl Rick!

Hello Rick , difficult exposure ,but your photo excellent , bravo , TFS.

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  • Luis52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 8 N: 4240] (15809)
  • [2007-04-14 0:37]

Hola Rick.- Exelente foto de este Buho. Su plumaje muy bello y con una gran nitidez. El fondo le da un realce especial. La pose muy buena tambien.

Oh man! You just happened upon a snowy Owl posing for you.... : P

The exposure looks good. I might have been tempted to clone out that distracting bit along the left side. I think a touch of sharpening just prior to upload would make this even better... if that were possible.

Evelynn : )

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  • jmp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1659 W: 95 N: 2273] (8415)
  • [2007-04-14 13:51]

Hi Rick,
Impressive pov, pose and details of thiw huge owl. It has a great aspect and it's a beautiful creature.
Tfs, José M.

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  • SkyF Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2234 W: 188 N: 1912] (8073)
  • [2007-04-14 14:39]

Hi Rick,
gorgeous shot, you did an excellent shot making the spray foam look natural.
Very nicely captured, the sharpness is great and the details are wonderful. I love the eye contact you getting.
Very well done.

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2007-04-14 21:46]

Hello Rick

A fortuitous meeting.The shot is excellent.The insulation kind of looks like a big black rock to me.Very good POV ,She seems very approachable.Very good eye contact.The details are sharp.A wonderful chance encounter.TFS

Hi Rick,
I don't have many time for the net... but for this photo, wow! I love it. Very good detail and good eyes contact. Tanks for share...

Hello Rick,
There is no doubt that this bird is looking straight at you :) This must have been an impressive encounter again. I have never seen one of them in real... The white and details stand out very well and I like this composition. What nice feet he has :-) Thanks,

Quelle oiseau, quelle compostion, magnifique.

Hello Rick,
A beautiful fellow!
We can see how well protected against the cold he is with feathers all over...
A fine exposure of the white bird, great details in the plumage!
Pablo -

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