It has been over five years since I visited Canada to see Snowy Owls. It was in February, and I recall the relative small amount of snow in the fields where these animals hunt for small rodents. And I remember asking myself at the time if the lack of snow was perhaps in any way related to reports about our planet warming up…
Moving five years to the present and the same area has suffered temperatures higher than in Baghdad, Iraq this summer. I can only guess as to how this has affected Snowy Owls in terms of their home in the Arctic and summer migration to Canada. While I do sometimes fear for the worst (for our climate and planet), I do hope we will continue to have the opportunity to see these beautiful creatures in their natural environment…
This series will comprise a selection of the (best) images from those three days, grouped in four parts according to the time of shooting during the day: early afternoon, late afternoon, sunset and early evening. And within each group, I’ll post a couple of images taking the viewer through the flight sequence of the Snowy Owl.
The ‘Wait’ is over… ready for take-off :-)
Nikon 600mm f/4E FL on Nikon D4S, f/4, 1/3200 s., ISO 640, +2.0EV exp. comp.
This image is actually part of a ‘twin set’ where I had the luck to capture the very first milliseconds of the Snowy Owl taking flight. Second part coming soon!