snowy owl irruption . . .
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. . . this has been an "irruption" year for the Snowy Owls @ Boundary Bay, and happily I was able to make my way to see them . . . what a thrill to see them first hand!!! . . .
. . . An irruption is defined as a dramatic, irregular migration of large numbers of birds to areas where they aren’t typically found (in this case, probably due to the periodic decline in lemming populations) . . . at the peak of the irruption as many as 30-40 could easily be spotted in any given day (today there were fewer, but still easily accessible from the path I witnessed as many as 8 at a time . . . with several others off in the distance . . . perhaps still as many as 20 in total)
. . . there has been much controversy surrounding these owls & photographers . . . it seems "some" are not satisfied with viewing these fabulous creatures at a respectful distance, finding it necessary to get soooo close that the owls find it necessary to fly off (energy that should be conserved for hunting - not fleeing from perceived threats, ie: photographers) . . . some even purposely disturb the birds for the coveted "in flight" captures . . . thankfully I did not witness any of this type of behaviour during my visit . . .
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