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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: 2006-03-23
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon 20D, Canon 100-400/4.5-5.6L IS
Exposure: f/13.0, 1/1600 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Theme(s): Snowy Owls (Bubo scandiacus) [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-03-02 6:19
Viewed: 4564
Points: 38
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This Snowy Owl was captured in a field near Brooks
From OwlPages
Description: The Snowy Owl is a large, diurnal white Owl that has a rounded head, yellow eyes and black bill. The feet are heavily feathered. A distinctive white Owl, their overall plumage is variably barred or speckled with thin, black, horizontal bars or spots. Females and juveniles are more heavily marked than males - adult males may be almost pure white, although they have up to three tail bands. Adult females are distinctly barred throughout, and have from four to six tail bands. Immatures are very heavily barred throughout, and dark spotting may codominate or dominate the overall plumage. Intensity of dark spotting varies with the sex of the immatures, females being the darkest. Juveniles are uniformly brown with scattered white tips of down.

Size: Length 51-68.5 cm (20-27") average female 66cm (26" inches), male 59cm (23")
Wingspan 137-164cm (54-65")
Weight 1134-2000g (40-70oz) average female 1707g (60oz), male 1612g (57oz)

Habits: Snowy Owls are active during the daytime, from dawn to dusk. They have a direct, strong, and steady flight with deliberate, powerful downstrokes and quick upstrokes. They make short flights, close to the ground, from perch to perch, and usually perches on the ground or a low post. During hot weather, they can thermoregulate by panting and spreading their wings. Snowy Owls are very aggressive when defending their nest.

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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2007-03-02 7:40]

Hi Rick - I have never seen a snowy owl in the wild - I envy you.

I think the shot you have captured here really gives a good sense of what the bird is like. Nice muted tones - I can almost feel/hear the dead grass rustling.


Hi Rick,
lovely pose and a great composition,
admire your framing :)
Cheers :D
Have a w/s hope you like it :)

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  • PaulH Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1137 W: 26 N: 3879] (13882)
  • [2007-03-02 8:17]

Hi Rick,

their appears to be no end to menangerie of animals in your neighbourhood! This is fantastic, a snowy owl in it's proper environment - we only get them in sanctuarys or rescue centre's here! Lovely low POV, nice to view him from his own level. nice soft colours too.

Have a great weekend,


Nice catch Rick! I used to see these quite regularly during the late winter months on my way to and from Edmonton. Never had my camera with me though. Nice details and perfect setting.

Hi Rick
I like the pose of this Snowy Owl. Her plumage really blends into the surroundings. She's looks like she is squinting at you or maybe it's a smile LOL. Nicely composed.
TFS Janice

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2007-03-02 11:04]

Hi Rick,

I'm another one who has never seen a snowy owl so really appreciate your post. It is lovely and has such a sweet looking face.



Beautiful shot Rick! This photo is a bit on the soft side, but I see Shal fixed it up for you a bit.

Great shot of the owl i can never get near them on tideline so you make up for it for me with shots like this great work Rick

Great capture! Very beautiful owl in a nice environment.


Hi Rick,
Nice capture of this snowy owl within its environment. Nice details and great eyes contact. TFS!

Hi Rick , nice shot of this snowy owl . It's nice to know that these guys are coming back . I hope to get the time to cruise up the Highwood valley to get some shots of snowy owls there .
I love the way the grass blends into the shot . This is probably a young female from last year's brood . I know it's hard with these owls , but did you see a leg band ?
Thanks for sharing , Kevin .

hi rick,
nice capture of snow owl,
well composed shot, nice pov,
looks like the owl is looking at you,
tfs & regards

Hi dear Rick ,
excellent image.
well composed and nice moment.
light and sharpness are great too.
very well captured.
regards my friend

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  • jossim Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1538 W: 5 N: 2240] (12636)
  • [2007-03-03 8:07]

Bravo pour cette belle photo,l'oiseau est superbe. Toujours impressionant de voir un Harfang des neiges.

Hi Rick,
Good exposition and nice eyes contact..

Hello Rick,
This is another specie that I never had the chance to see "in real". I think that those birds are just beautiful! I love the way it is looking directly at the camera, this guy is actually posing :) Exposure, POV and composition are very good. Nice one again :) Thanks,

hello rick!
congrat to this fine picture
on this very beautiful owl
sharp with fine pov and good
great work!

Hi Rick,

What a beautiful bird, and what an amazing capture. Lucky you to see this up close.


Here's another one I've never recognized before. We live our lives in boxes, and pass blindly by....

Thanks Rick, for the humbling observation that it's not WHERE I live, but what I look for that makes the difference.

Hello Rick,
What a blessing to have had the chance to get this shot! Very soft and beautifully composed with amazing clarity! I love this shot!

Take care,
Bettina Marie =0)

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