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Windy Morning

Windy Morning
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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: 2012-01-29
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon 5d Mark II, Canon EF 600mm f4.0L IS USM
Exposure: f/4, 1/320 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Camouflage [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2012-01-30 17:31
Viewed: 3921
Points: 36
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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.
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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2012-01-30 17:50]

Hello Rick,
What a beautiful Snowy Owl you have chosen to post today. Those gorgeous yellow eyes in contrast to it's snow white plumage is simply stunning to view.
It's funny, but I just read an article on the internet about how there is an explosion of Snowy Owls migrating into the upper half of the US.

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  • pirate Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 799 W: 152 N: 1186] (7474)
  • [2012-01-30 21:51]

Hi Rick
the eyes of the Snowy Owl are incredible and you have a perfect eye contact here, light seems a bit dull but good compo and nice bg

Hello Rick

I love the expression on the eyes and glance
of this Snowy Owl, your fine frontal POV it is
contributing to that, great focus sharpness details,



I love the moody background. You are so blessed to live among creatures as beautiful as this. Perfect composition. Love it Rick!

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2012-01-30 22:27]

Hi Rick.
What a charming small creature has been pictured by you. I like how well you have reproduced its plumage, eyes and state of mood. Warm regards and TFS.

Hello Rick,
Wonderful photo of a snow owl.

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2012-01-31 0:54]

Hello Rick,
It's a pleasure to see you with a new photo.
Beautiful photo in fine natural colours and with the focus on the eyes. Maybe you can crop a little bit from the right side. It's very empty there. Nice blurred background too.

Hello Rick
Wondrous shot. So beautiful composition. Great mood. Lovely colors and sharp details.
Best regards

so beautiful scene composition and atmospheric performance, great photo!
regards Rick

Hi Rick,

good to see your photos again, even if it is a crosseyed Snowy Owl.
Good composition, and I'm envious for you guys in te US to have an invasion this year


Hallo Rick,
a superb capture of the Snowy Owl, very good sharpness and marvellous natural colours, excellent point of view and composition
Best regards

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2012-01-31 2:43]

Hello Rick,
this is a lovely view. so simple but so special. I like the mood created here and the softness of the colors.
Excellent clarity and sharpness.
The presentation is attractive.


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  • zetu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 26 N: 3888] (16941)
  • [2012-01-31 11:32]

Hello Rick
Wonderful capture! I read that a lot of Snowy Owls invaded the South region this winter.
Thanks for sharing!

Hi Rick,

Does this mean your wrist surgery went well and you are back in action?
We are jealous of your snowy owls so close at hand. We were very lucky to locate one of the visitors to our neck of the woods. Jerry got a pretty good shot. It seems all the snowies that come this far south are juveniles therefore not pure white. We were still thrilled to see him.

Great shot... TFS

Evelynn : )

Hello Rick
Beautiful photo with interesting composition, fantastic lighting and good sharpness.

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  • Cobo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 236 W: 1 N: 535] (5799)
  • [2012-02-01 1:25]

What a great picture!! Great quality and composition. Super! Congratulation.

wow, would love to read how you came about this fella. LOVE how you captured the breeze in his feathers and precision eye contact, he's looking straight at you! Hope to see more and even closer!

Hi Rick,
Great shot. You were lucky to see this one.
Well done, excellent sharpness and details. Congratulation.

My dear friend Rick,

I have said it before on TN, and here I say it again: your snowy Owls are the best!

Thanks for sharing this beauty, and I add it to my theme "Camouflage"

Hugs to Lucy and greetings from the Tzaneen Dam, Limpopo

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