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Old 16-03-2009, 04:37   #1 (permalink)
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Male Snowy Owl and Northern Shrike

Hi folks!
Just back from a few days away from the computer and I did get out these past two days and took a couple of interesting pictures:
1. A Snowy Owl, male this time: all white vs. the previous Snow Owl shots which showed an immature male or a female, not sure. The male is a tad smaller and pure white. Too bad for the ugly electrical post but at least I could get close enough. The male typically is very shy and does not telerate human presence that well. Took me several hours before I could get at a decent distance: (slight blurr caused by frozen fingers on first photo ... could not hold camera steady).




2. Northern Shrike; that is a rather rare bird and a very tough one to get at any distance because it usually takes off rapidly even when you're over 100 yards away. Idon't know why, butI could get close today, and took a chance. It often perches on wires such as this one and waits for prey. It is the only predatory member of its family (sparrows and such) ... look at the hooked beak!:




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Old 16-03-2009, 12:20   #2 (permalink)
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Re: Male Snowy Owl and Northern Shrike

You did very well with the owls. I am impressed Getting the exposure right is not easy for white birds. Were you out for the several hours to get that picture. That is more dedication than I would have had it what I guess was slightly below zero C temperatures .
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Old 16-03-2009, 15:20   #3 (permalink)
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Excellent! Love them both!
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Re: Male Snowy Owl and Northern Shrike

Both look great to me, pity there wasn't a bit cloud to break up the blue sky a bit.
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Old 17-03-2009, 02:23   #5 (permalink)
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Re: Male Snowy Owl and Northern Shrike

AQ, thank you for the kind comment.
Being out in sub-ero temperatures has become a standard with me; you know the owls are out there and you know they will likely follow their routines, on the other hand you never know exactly when. I remember the first shot of the female snowy owls I took a while back and it was an incredible minus 22C, not counting the windchill factor which was very present that day. This time, it was somewhat milder, with temp's at around minus 7C.
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Excellent! Love them both!
Thank you, Marjus.
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Both look great to me, pity there wasn't a bit cloud to break up the blue sky a bit.
Chilliman, thanks.
Indeed, a little bit of clouds would have helped break up and render the scne more "real". All that sunshine and pure blue sky .... I have been told my my bro-in-law that these pics were tricked ... go figure!

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Re: Male Snowy Owl and Northern Shrike

Both great. While the owl is lovely, the Northern Shrike is maybe more interesting. Do they hang their prey on barbed wire or thorns for butchering like Loggerhead Shrikes do?
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Re: Male Snowy Owl and Northern Shrike

Exactly, Lew. Thanks for the comment too.
The Northern Shrike is a tad larger than the Loggerhead and you can also tell the difference in the band across the eyes and the slight white ring above that black band. Mind you, it is difficult to determine unless you are close enough.
I have been "chasing" this bird for a while ... very tough to get close to.
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Nice bird the snowy owl something that I've never seen a lot of, nice shots.
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Re: Male Snowy Owl and Northern Shrike

Wonderful capture of these two birds - the Snowy Owl may have more impact (and as others have said you've controlled the exposure perfectly) but that Shrike shot is a real coup!
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Nice bird the snowy owl something that I've never seen a lot of, nice shots.
Thanks Simpbow,
If you lived where we are, chnaces are you'd see them regularly in the winter. By the way, Spring being almost upon us, the Snowy Owls are slowly moving North (yes, North) to their breeding grounds. I assume they will be all gone within a few weeks.
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Wonderful capture of these two birds - the Snowy Owl may have more impact (and as others have said you've controlled the exposure perfectly) but that Shrike shot is a real coup!
Thank you Mark,
The Shrikes are indeed quite difficult to approach ... luck was obviously with me that day.
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Where is my second shrike photo?
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did u move it in the galleries after posting it here, if so it wont show as the link takes u to the place it was when u posted it.............. lovely images btw! stunning!
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did u move it in the galleries after posting it here, if so it wont show as the link takes u to the place it was when u posted it.............. lovely images btw! stunning!
Thanks for the kind comment, Fiona.
I don't recall having tweked anything in the gallery ... I'll go take a look and see for myself, just in case.
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I love the white owl and you have captured him very well I wish I could go out for a few hours and do some photography.

It's just great to do what you love doing.
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Beauiful captures ! congrats ! It's worth freezing a little for shots such as these ! Owls are my favorties, and are not easy to shoot, always seem shy to me, have you noticed that the male is always the most beautiful, and also the most shy ?
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I love the white owl and you have captured him very well I wish I could go out for a few hours and do some photography.

It's just great to do what you love doing.
Dutchie, your comment is greatly appreciated, especially with the part that says that "It's just great to do what you love doing" ... and this is exactly what I love doing. A great pleasure to be out there, even in sub-zero temperature.
Do you dot really have the time to get our there at all?
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Beauiful captures ! congrats ! It's worth freezing a little for shots such as these ! Owls are my favorties, and are not easy to shoot, always seem shy to me, have you noticed that the male is always the most beautiful, and also the most shy ?
Frances, thanks again for your kind comments.
Yes indeed, owls are probably tougher to "capture" than most other birds. In fact, I had more luck with hawks and falcons than with owls. This male Snowy Owl was very shy indeed. I should perhaps inquire why this pattern is repeating itself across the avian world: male -shy!!
I am on the lookout for other owls which started nesting ... one can hear their calls but you'd need to spend time during the cold dusk and dawn to see where they actually nest ... that's when they're the most active. If I am lucky enough one day to see an actual "nightly" owl, I'll be happy!
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