There are signs all around me that winter is quickly approaching. Several recent mornings have had heavy frost on the plants and the car when I got up. And the weatherman has even forecast the possibility of snow, early next week. Now this could be depressing to some people, but I look at the potential opportunities it brings to me, especially if the winter is a hard one (one of our area weathermen has suggested this to be the case, although he is hesitant to be come right out and say it). Winter can bring in a couple of nice birds to Missouri, especially the Short-Eared Owls and even a possible Snowy Owl!
Thinking of these possibilities, I decided to post one of my Snowy Owl images, from 2011, when an “irruption” brought several to Missouri). An irruption is the natural event where the Snowy Owls will travel much farther south than their normal winter range (in southern Canada and into northern Minnesota/North Dakota). An irruption results whenever the Snowy Owl’s food sources, primarily the lemming, has low supply levels available. In the winter of 2011-2012, I was fortunate to be able to see 3 Snowy Owls in Missouri, which, by the way, was a “life” bird for me! One of my fondest memories was the first Snowy Owl I saw in 2011. As I photographed it with my longest lens (to prevent getting too close), he seemingly got bored with me, making for a cute “Fun Friday” post today:
I was ecstatic at being able to photograph multiple Snowy Owls in 2011. Could we get more this year? I’m hopeful that will be the case!
Photo Equipment Used:
- Canon 1D Mark 3 body
- Canon 500mm, f/4 lens + 2x TC
- Bogen 3221 Tripod with Kirk Ent. HD Ballhead
- ISO 200
- Aperture f/8
- Shutter Speed 1/800 sec.