Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Snowy Owl/Wild Bird

Male snowy owl (Bubo scandiacus) atop a barn roof

There's no surprise how this guy got his name, is there? He's as white as snow. He's currently visiting a central Ontario field for the winter and in the spring will return to the Arctic to raise a family.

Snowy owl about to take off

He allowed me to get quite close before flapping his wings to take off for another roof close by.
I am joining Stewart M's Wild Bird Wednesday HERE

60 comments:

Andy said...

Two great photos Camera Girl. I'm still waiting to to see an owl in my neighbourhood. I know there here, I just can't find them.

DeniseinVA said...

A magnificent bird for sure. Great captures!

Kate said...

Have never seen an owl in the wild; I must be doing something wrong! This is an amazing looking animal. In a way, he reminds me of my grandfather.

Jacquelineand.... said...

These are gorgeous photos!

Kathy said...

Wow! I guess there's no chance that I'll ever see one of these here in Texas! That beautiful blue sky is not much of a camouflage for him.

Lisa @ Two Bears Farm said...

Oh my, isn't he so striking? What a wonderful capture!

Cezar and Léia said...

Girl...I'm so envious, it's a dream for me to see and take a picture of a owl, and this one...wow he is absolutely gorgeous!
Lucky you! And Congratulations for these wonderful pictures!
Léia

Sandra said...

he is fantastic, so are the photos, the second one he looks like he is made out of satin... so beautiful

Pamela Gordon said...

Wow! These are really beautiful photos. He is so white against the blue sky. I've never seen one here.

Judy said...

I am so jealous! It must have been thrilling to get close enough to take these amazing pictures. I have never seen a snowy owl.

see you there! said...

Such clear and close photo's. It must be thrilling to see this magnificant bird in person.

Darla

Grandma Barb's This and That said...

Wow, great captures of this lovely owl. He really stands out against the blue sky. I've never seen one of these.

TexWisGirl said...

absolutely awesome! this one really is almost pure white!

kelley jensen said...

Oh my! I would have loved to have been there and seen that. Nice shot.

RedPat said...

What fabulous shots against that sky! This is the only type of owl I have seen in the wild - one very cold winter and he was right in the middle of the city in a park!

cieldequimper said...

Absolutely fabulous!

Sue said...

Those birds are stunning to see.

=)

Gary said...

Beautiful captures!! Boom & Gary of the Vermilon River, Canada.

tiarastantrums said...

that is an amazing capture! Lucky you!

Richard Pegler said...

These are great images of an awesome bird! I'm very envious, as olws are my passion

Gail Dixon (Louisiana Belle) said...

Wow, these are awesome! What a wonderful bird to have a chance at photographing. Beautiful job!

Les Fous du Cap said...

Wahoooooooo !
Congratulations ;-)
Céline & Philippe

forgetmenot said...

Beautiful photos of a magnificent bird. Mickie :)

Rohrerbot said...

You are so lucky!!! What an incredible find! Beautiful owls. And great shots....

eileeninmd said...

Oh, what a beauty, great shots and sighting. The Snowy Owl is one of my favorite sightings.

Andrea said...

Your photography does him justice ... amazing bird and beautiful pictures. How blessed you are to have him close by ... opportunity knocks :)

Andrea @ Fron The Sol

HansHB said...

Awesome WBW post!

LONDONLULU said...

Wow, what captures! He's beautiful!

Rose said...

I would love to see one of these! Great photos.

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

He is gorgeous! And what wonderful photos! I've only seen one in the Colorado Rockies years ago! They are spectacular!

phylliso said...

Last year I was able to see one in our neck of the woods here in Pa,an unusual sight for us.He stayed about a week.He was one of the most beautiful birds I`ve ever seen.For you to get this close & grab these shots...I have to admit,I`m envious! Thank-you for sharing!phyllis

Carver said...

Wow, I'm jealous of these shots. Fantastic!

Ruth's Photo Blog said...

Remarkable shots. He sure is white and so beautiful.

Elaine said...

Fantastic photos !

Jack said...

What a beautiful bird!

Randy said...

What a wonderful photo subject.

Stephanie said...

Love these shots!

mick said...

That's a truly magnificent bird.

Gina Gao said...

These are amazing photos! That bird is so majestic.

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Karen said...

Oh wow EG! What fabulous captures.

Gillian Olson said...

Beautiful bird, and aptly named.

Carletta said...

Shades of Harry Potter - I love it!
So sweet looking!

llandudnopictures said...

The perfect name, he looks like a snow sculpture on your first photo! Great shots!

Joke van de Klift said...

Zo, zo, dat is nog eens een mooi plaatje, SCHITTEREND, ik ben toch zo dol op uilen, maar deze is wel heel erg mooi.
Dat hij zo keurig bleef zitten, in één woord prachtig!!!

Groetjes, Joke

Hanne Bente said...

Nice pictures of snowy owl :) Hanne Bente

NatureFootstep said...

it looks like white silk. So beautiful. You are lucky to have it near. Coudl you please ask it to come my way?

Halcyon said...

Wow! What an absolute beauty!

George said...

These are marvelous photos of the owl against that brilliant blue sky. I especially like your second photo.

Dana said...

He's stunning!

I love owls—they remind me of my grandma, who collected them. :)

Have a great day!

Judy said...

Wow!! Those are incredible captures!!

Nancy Claeys said...

There were quite a few that flew through Nebraska in fall and were killed by traffic, etc... Not sure how they got down this far south.

Magnificent bird.

i stora drag said...

So beautiful owl! Nicely photographed!
Greetings Pia

Snowcatcher said...

I do think that is one of the most magnificent birds. So glad he posed for you!

Susan said...

Oh my gosh, what a beautiful bird.

Madge Bloom said...

Gorgeous!

Wally Jones said...

Great shots of a magnificent bird! Love the contrast with the blue sky.

Jen said...

He certainly would disappear against the snow in the background. Gorgeous shots.

Stewart M said...

Wow! I think I'd pay good money to see that bird!!

And what great pictures - the exposure must be a nightmare.

Cheers and thanks for linking to WBW.

Stewart M - Melbourne

Mary Howell Cromer said...

Marvelous!

Kerri said...

Awesome! I'm envious!

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