Superb Owl Sunday-2012
I had to post at least one photo to prove it indeed was "SuperB owl Sunday" - so here is the first one out of the camera this evening. I'll post more as I get the chance - but later this week.
As you can see, it indeed was a Superb Owl Sunday!
Snowy owls have a pretty wide range across all northern latitudes. They are truly striking animals with their brilliant yellow eyes, particularly when looking directly into the sun as this owl was. This shot was taken in the last moments of daylight (the sun set a few minutes after this shot was taken). The owls will perch for quite some time, waiting to spot prey, before taking flight in pursuit of their next meal. These owls are quite sensitive, with great nearing and eyesight, and although they wait patiently as the photographers and onlookers move in, they can easily be pressured by too much attention. A word to photographers - pay attention to the animals you are photographing and constantly watch for signs of stress. This shot was with a 300mm lens - and a doubler (600mm equivalent focal length) on a camera with a 1.3x "crop factor" (the Canon 1D Mark IV)...for an effective focal length of 780 mm...and this is a partial crop of the full frame image. Although we are often captivated (as I was here) by the close up, detailed image of wildlife, it is also quite satisfying to capture images with animals in their habitat - in the landscape, without the need to approach so closely!
Photo taken at Boundary Bay, BC, 2/5/2012, Canon 1D MKIV, EF300f/2.8L lens with 2x telextender at f/8.0, ISO400, 1/500, 4:58 PM.