Sunday, 29 March 2015

A Lone Snowy Owl

                                Mar 25 2015 The Lower Mainland. Sunny 14c Sun and Cloud

Not where one would normally expect to find a snowy Owl.

.......but a Sharp-shinned Hawk maybe

A Sharp-shinned Hawk dive bombs the intruder. The owl being a lot bigger didn't budge.

The snowy spots something a ndprepares to take off.
A shorter lens would been better as I had little space to get a flight shot.

Two daycare workers with six children in tow ask what I am looking at. I point to large white owl on a rooftop. The wonder in those young eyes as they look toward the bird is priceless. Suddenly the Snowy flies past a flowering cherry tree and on to another rooftop.

Snowy Owl (Nyctea scandiaca)
        One of the neighbours came out to ask what I was looking at but the bird had already flown.

The house owners have asked not to advertise the location as some photographers have crossed property lines by design or by accident. Owl twitches seem to bring out the worst in some people so for the sake of the beleaguered homeowners the location is not posted here. If you are in the know then you'll know where it is.
Maybe by now this young bird maybe is already on its way back up north none the worse with its brush with suburbia.

"It's never too late to start birding"

John Gordon
BC Canada

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