Frosty Morning Snowy Owl

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Uploaded 20 Jan 2012 — 25 favorites
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© Heather Mellon
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Photo Info
UploadedJanuary 20, 2012
TakenJanuary 19, 2012
Exposure1/500 sec at f/8
FlashNo Flash
Focal Length300 mm

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This sleepy-eyed snowy owl was perched on an old wooden granary beside the highway yesterday morning.

A special "Thank You" to Andrea Peterson for the nomination!! I really appreciate your thoughtfulness, Andrea. This was such an exciting capture for me..

Andrea shared the following newspaper article with me and I'd like to share it with you:

"It is typical of owls to arrive in the US every three or four winters, but this year irruption is widespread, with birders from the Pacific Northwest to New England reporting frequent sightings of the yellow-eyed birds. As many as 30 were spotted in December around South Dakota's Lake Andes.

The arrival of the birds, which can top 2 feet in height with a wingspan of nearly 5 feet is the result of a plentiful population of Arctic lemmings this summer, which led to a strong breeding season, said Denver Holt, director of the Owl Research Insitute in Charlo, Montana.

Lemmings are Snowy Owls' main food source, and the baby boom is sending many youngsters across the border to scrounge for voles, field mice, rats, rabbits and shore birds.

There is no good estimate on the size of their population. A study in which researchers working on a Canadian island found thousands of Snowy Owls one year, only to follow up the next year to find not a single one."

34 responses

  • Juanita Vivas

    Juanita Vivas (Deleted) gave props (20 Jan 2012):

    WOW ! What a beautiful sighting and capture !!

  • Andrea Petersen

    Andrea Petersen gave props (20 Jan 2012):

    This is fantastic, Heather! How exciting for you to get this beautiful capture..It is really top notch!

  • Carol Holmes

    Carol Holmes gave props (20 Jan 2012):

    wow! beautiful

  • Cheryl Andrews

    Cheryl Andrews   gave props (21 Jan 2012):

    Incredible capture. What a beautiful creature.

  • elfriede fulda

    elfriede fulda (Deleted) gave props (22 Jan 2012):

    What an excellent capture, JanElle wow !

  • Richard Knight

    Richard Knight gave props (22 Jan 2012):

    Audubon-quality. Incredible!

  • je suis moi

    je suis moi gave props (22 Jan 2012):

    You don't happen to have an extra mouse in your pocket do ya?

  • Leslie Hunziker

    Leslie Hunziker   gave props (22 Jan 2012):

    wonderful capture!

  • Regenia Brabham

    Regenia Brabham gave props (23 Jan 2012):

    What a find!! I have never seen a wild owl. Great shot!

  • MindTheStep

    MindTheStep gave props (23 Jan 2012):


  • Winky Vivas

    Winky Vivas (Deleted) said (23 Jan 2012):

    A fantastic wildlife shot! Wonderful subject, detail, and light. Expertly done!

  • Andrea Petersen

    Andrea Petersen gave props (26 Jan 2012):

    I came back for another look at this picture...It is one of the prettiest snowy owl pictures I have ever seen...A picture that sticks in your memory to look at again deserves to be nominated.

  • Donna Mullins

    Donna Mullins (Deleted) gave props (26 Jan 2012):

    awesome capture of this wonderful bird!

  • Ted Anderson

    Ted Anderson (Deleted) gave props (27 Jan 2012):


  • Linda Benzon

    Linda Benzon (Deleted) said (27 Jan 2012):

    Perfect setting and lighting to really show off this beautiful bird!

  • Carlo Pagan

    Carlo Pagan gave props (3 Feb 2012):

    A W E S O M E ! ! !

  • Andrea Petersen

    Andrea Petersen gave props (5 Feb 2012):

    I am so glad you decided to enter this amazing photo in the fabulous theme..Snowy Owls are not that easy to capture with the camera or to spot and this is really perfect...

  • Heather Mellon

    Heather Mellon said (6 Feb 2012):

    Thank you for your wonderful comments and favs.. and a special thank you Andrea for the nomination AND your suggestion to enter this into a theme. This had to be one of my most exciting captures and, as you stated, a rare opportunity indeed !!

  • John Linton

    John Linton gave props (28 Mar 2012):

    Oh YEAH! Rad!

  • Andrea Petersen

    Andrea Petersen gave props (28 Mar 2012):

    I so love this...Back to vote!

  • Sonia Adam Murray

    Sonia Adam Murray gave props (28 Mar 2012):

    I came back to vote!

  • Susan Littlefield

    Susan Littlefield gave props (29 Mar 2012):

    Don't know how I missed this certainly IS fabulous! Voted,.


    JOE FAILK gave props (1 Apr 2012):

    Back to Vote!

  • Regenia Brabham

    Regenia Brabham said (3 Apr 2012):


  • Carlo Pagan

    Carlo Pagan gave props (6 Apr 2012):

    My vote!!

  • Donna Mullins

    Donna Mullins (Deleted) said (7 Apr 2012):

    Back to vote!

  • Sarah Springer

    Sarah Springer (Deleted) gave props (7 Apr 2012):

    A very beautiful owl and well done comp...V

  • Ken O'Brien

    Ken O'Brien gave props (11 Apr 2012):

    Marvellous capture,gmv.

  • je suis moi

    je suis moi gave props (20 Apr 2012):


  • Davide Simone

    Davide Simone (Deleted) gave props (26 Apr 2012):

    Oh YEAH/RAD!

  • Shannon Burch

    Shannon Burch gave props (13 May 2012):

    beautiful capture

  • Ioana Caravan

    Ioana Caravan   gave props (29 May 2012):

    Great capture!

  • antonio chiumenti

    antonio chiumenti gave props (5 Aug 2012):

    yes i like !!!

  • Andrea Petersen

    Andrea Petersen gave props (16 May 2015):

    .I really love how this owl seems to be waiting there quietly to be photographed! You definitely have my vote!!!

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