I've noticed that older, wiser snowy owls don't do the big forward reach when taking off in a brisk wind. Apparently for good reason, as the juvenile ended up with one wing nearly inverted! D7100 w/ 300 f2.8 VR, 1/1600 f5 ISO 200
Beautiful set Jim! The look in it's eyes is almost a look of pain!
I haven't been out to see the snowy lately....the last time I was there with my Uncle we had been told that one of the snowy's was hit by a car being chased by a group of people taking photos with their phones. So out of respect I have decided to stay away for a while and hope the hype calms down.
I know that one was killed last week Charles, likely hit by a car. As far as I know no one witnessed the incident. Today, a woman in a Cadillac Escalade swerved into the other lane on Third - without slowing down - to avoid the gawkers and nearly hit me standing beside the road.
1. I'm happy the person missed you because your a good guy.
2. I talked to a few guys and I really think they should make that whole area blocked off from drivers or at least have a speed limit noticing that it is the area frequented by the snowy and the red tail hawk. I know accidents happen but if they can be avoided all the better.
My uncle also wanted to express his fondness for your pictures. I bought him the 7100 for christmas and when he was here we went to see the snowy and was so over joyed by your pictures and Kips as well as mine about the snowy. Apparently they are much harder to spot in Grande Prairie, Alberta HAHAHHAH!