Wildlife and Nature Photography

Snowy Owl Irruption

Immature Snowy Owl – British Columbia, Canada, January 14, 2012

The appearance of this photogenic species in the southern portions of its range is tied to population cycles of its major prey species in the bird’s arctic breeding ground.  Normally when lemming populations decline, young birds are forced as far south as Kansas or Missouri.  However, according to an article on the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and National Audubon Society sponsored ebird website (see  http://ebird.org/content/ebird/news/got-snowies), this year’s owl irruption occurred despite a lemming population all-time high!

When viewing or photographing these birds, it is important to realize they may be struggling to find food, and any harrassment could result in the unncessary expenditure of  energy and possibly death.  Use a super telephoto lens!  I used a 400 mm lens to take this photo from a major recreation trail to avoid disturbing the owls.


Brian Healy Photography 2012

Canon 40d, 400 mm lens



One response

  1. narhvalur

    Reblogged this on Ann Novek–With the Sky as the Ceiling and the Heart Outdoors.

    January 22, 2012 at 6:50 am

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