Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Snowy Owl

 Snowy Owl (Bubo scandiacus)

Visiting from the Arctic, this female Snowy Owl was sitting quietly on a pier that juts out into Lake Ontario. Her mate (almost pure white) was further out on the pier. Snowy Owls are hardy! It was a bitter cold day and they just sat there in the wind.  Not me! I soon left the pier to find a warmer spot.

Same Snowy Owl

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55 comments:

Revrunner said...

Wonderful!

Judy said...

She's beautiful!

Sandra said...

awwwwwww is what I said when he popped up. sooooo cute. adorable and even cuter than a penguin.

see you there! said...

Such a pretty bird. I must say thouogh that an image of a pine cone popped into my head when I saw it

Darla

sonia a. mascaro said...

Amazing that Snowy Owl!
Love Owls and here where I live there are many Burrow Owl,(Athene cunicularia). They are cute.

Wishing you and yours a HAPPY NEW YEAR!!

Kathy said...

Her facial expression is downright cute!

Happy New Year.

Dave said...

Just doesn't get much better than that, envious beyond words.

HOOTIN ANNI said...

It's incredibly beautiful!!! What a glorious, wonderful photo set E G!!

Grandma Barb's This and That said...

What a pretty owl. It's amazing how they can survive in the coldest of weather.
Wishing you a Happy New Year.

HOOTIN ANNI said...

ps...just browsed your previous post on the lift bridge. I've never seen these in operation before. Wow.

William Kendall said...

She is such a beauty!

Have a happy New Year!

Linda W. said...

Fantastic shots! So cool to see a snowy owl close up. Thanks for sharing your photos.

Stephanie said...

Fabulous shot!

TexWisGirl said...

poor travelers. i hope they find food aplenty. :)

Birdman said...

Must say... I really have a weakness for owls.

Lowell said...

These are absolutely fantastic shots! What a cute critter. Can't imagine how they can keep from freezing, though!

A very happy New Year to you and your family!

Andrew Fulton said...

What a stunning little bird... wonderful images

Findlay Wilde said...

What an amazing bird to see. One day I hope I will see one. I hope you have a brilliant 2014. from Findlay

Ela said...

What a beautiful bird !
I wish you all the best and happiness in New Year !

Jette Hollesen said...

Wov. What a owl. Lovely picture!
Happy New Year!
JetteMajken

Jan said...

What wonderful captures. Love 'em.

Lee@A Guide to Northeastern Gardening said...

Wow! Beautiful! Wishing you a very Happy New Year!

Gail Dixon said...

What a beautiful bird and how lucky you were to see and photograph it! Happy New Year!!

My Little Home and Garden said...

It's a magnificent looking bird and beautiful photographs.

mick said...

Great photos of beautiful birds.

RedPat said...

That is the only kind of owl I have ever seen and it was a thrilling sight, right in the middle of the city a few years ago! Have a good New Year's eve, EG!

Taken For Granted said...

The snowy owl is a beautiful bird. You are lucky to have seen this pair. Have a happy new year!

Small City Scenes said...

Excellent shot of a beautiful little Snowy in the snow.
You take such good pictures. MB

Karen said...

Fabulous captures. She looks pretty content even in the cold. Happy New Year EG!

Jo said...

What stunning images of the Snowy Owl. Happy New Year to you. Greetings, Jo, Tanzania

Bill Nicholls said...

Nice bird, even look like it is laughing at you

Andrea said...

You are so lucky to have the Snowy Owls where you can walk out and take pictues. We did have a few in our area last year, but I was never able to make it over to Lake Michigan to see them. They only come down here when there is a scarcity of food in thier normal habitat. Your pictures are wonderful and remind me of our Owls ... how they sit on thier feet and puff out thier feathers to keep warm. Beautiful Pictures, EG. Thanks again for a year of shared photos and information that I have absorbed like a sponge ... Hope your New Year brings many wonderfully exciting experiences for you to capture on your camera ... along with good health and much joy :)

Andrea @ From The Sol

Terri Buster said...

Oh goodness the poor thing looks so COLD! What a beautiful bird...brave you for getting out in the freeze to capture him.

thewovenspoke said...

It is just so awesome that you see those beautiful Snowy Owls! thanks for sharing. Have a great New Year.

Carole M. said...

I think they're adorable; you just want to pick it up and put it on your bookshelf! Like one of those little fluffy toys that talk back to you it reminds me of. That's all quite flippant, in reality, they're stunning to see and amazing how they fight the cold like they do; just amazing; great pick up!!

Cynthia said...

Such a beautiful bird. Some winters when the food supply is scant, they come down to central Minnesota and I get to see them, too.

eileeninmd said...

The Snowy Owl is beautiful, great photos! Happy New Years to you and your family!

Lisa Gordon said...

What a beautiful bird!!

I wish you a very Happy New Year.

Buttons said...

INCREDIBLE I think this is a wonderful way to start 2014. Happy New Year Cameragirl. Hug B

Ruth's Photo Blog said...

Amazing shots.

Neil said...

Great photos wish it was cooler here 39 the other day.Happy New Year.

N Buckles said...

One of these days I will be able to photograph this amazing owl. You are so lucky you got to see it.. Happy New Year !!!

Gemma Wiseman said...

Amazingly detailed markings on this snowy owl.

Arija said...

So utterly cute! Love the way it looks at you through barely a slit.
Have a particularly wonderful 2014!

Mary Howell Cromer said...

How amazing~ One was found this past week here in KY and is now in a rehab facility very near our home. It is getting better and I so would love to see it in the coming 3 months~

Merisi Vienna said...

Amazing!
So glad you lasted out there long enough to takes these gorgeous images. The owl seems to look at you with a twinkle in her eye. ;-)

PerthDailyPhoto said...

Ha! she almost looks like she's smiling at you in a very 'knowing' way EG :) Excellent shots, I'd love to see one,

wilf said...

Glad you still have the photo, it is such a wonderful shot. Happy New Year!

HansHB said...

Awesome post!
Happy New Year to you!

Christian Weiß said...

Wow, very impressive photos and a Happy New Year.

Anne (cornucopia) said...

Oooh, great photos and you were so lucky to get them! I was out at a beach where they've been seen here, but they weren't there at the time. (I'm hoping they stay all winter so I have more opportunities to snap photos of them.)

Norma Beishir said...

She's beautiful!

Gunilla Bäck said...

What a gorgeous bird!

Rose said...

It is so adorable...I would love to see one in person. Have you seen the show 'The Magic of the Snowy Owl?' It shows a pair of them raising their family.

kelley said...

wow! what a find. I love this shot.

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