After a Snowy Owl has raised its wings and jumps up for take-off, it pushes them again downward for the initial lift. What’s remarkable about these birds is that they never leave sight of their prey during the whole process of take-off until the end of their flight. They are supported by their ability to turn their heads by up to 270 degrees, which is not only useful but also quite needed as they cannot rotate their eyes. These are firmly stuck in their eye sockets; in fact owls do not even have eye balls as such!
Nikon 600mm f/4E FL on Nikon D4S, f/4, 1/3200 s., ISO 560, +2.0EV exp. comp.
I have just completed selecting and preparing the images of this first part of my Snowy Owl series. I’ll include these in the next two posts in the coming days, after which we’ll move from this ‘early afternoon’ to ‘late afternoon’ part of the series. Stay tuned!