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On Ghostly Wings

On Ghostly Wings
Photo Information
Copyright: Rick Price (Adanac) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2010-04-05
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon 5D MKII, Canon EF 600mm f4.0L IS USM
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Theme(s): CeltickRanger's favorite bird in-flight photos 2 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2010-04-06 18:31
Viewed: 3293
Points: 22
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Hi Everyone,
This inflight image of a male Snowy Owl was captured in the Cypress Hills. Nearly missed getting him all in the frame but thank goodness I got him, not bad hey Asbed, that lens is heavy. Soon they will be headed back home to the Arctic.

Snowy Owl
Bubo scandiacus

General Description

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.
from Weaselhead.org

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hello Rick

WOW ! what a superior in-flight shot of this male Snowy Owl,
and shot with your heavy lens in the hands, very fine POV
and the way it is framed, superb focus great sharpness
and details of the white colour tones, a kind of in-flight shot
of the Snowy Owl that i would love one day to do it Rick, TFS


great composition of a beautiful bird,

I'm jealous for you just having seen it :)


Simply awesome, Rick!
I love the frame and the timing!

amazing capture, TFS Ori

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  • MMM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1114 W: 0 N: 2546] (11425)
  • [2010-04-07 6:40]

Hi Rick
That is a great in flight image.I like the pose of your snowy Owl.The image is sharp with good detail.The timing was still good.I do you like your new body and lens so far ?
TFS Michel

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2010-04-07 11:06]
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Hello Rick,
What an impressive photo. Very beautiful natural colours and excellent sharpness. I find the space left and above a bit tiny, the photo is a bit out of balance to me. Fantastic blue sky in the BG.

Hi Rick
This Snowy Owl is a beautiful creature, I love the angle you captured him in. I'm sure Asbed is jealous of this heavy lensed image ; ) Picture perfect!
TFS Janice

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2010-04-07 23:28]

Hi Rick.
At first glance I thought that it was seagull. However, it is charming owl. Its wingspread as well as composition of the shot are brilliant. Your heavy monster (600 mm lens) is really not the most convenient tool for bird in-flight shooting. Nevertheless, the result is very impressive. I also am impressed with nice exposure and reproduction of white colouration of the owl. My compliments and best wishes.

Hellow Rick,
Perfect timing to have captured this impressive shot of this owl in full flight.Really nice sharp image throughout and good sky contrast.Thanx for the interesting note.

Hi Rick,

Terrific image of a Snowy Owl! I've never had the opportunity to capture an owl, flying or still. I don't go where they go, I guess. You caught this one very well. The owl looks as though it has just spotted something, and is changing direction to go after it. Very good details and colours.

I thought that I could see a little noise in the shot. I did a WS to get rid of the noise. I also made a couple of other adjustments. Your shot is fine the way it is. I just wanted to see what a variation would look like.


Hi Rick

I wonder how Owl's flight compares with other birds' on sonar?!?



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