Anne Elliott

Anne Elliott

Posted on 01/26/2014


Photo taken on January 25, 2014


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A beautiful setting

A beautiful setting
This is the second morning in the last three days that I've posted my "daily three" very late in the morning. After getting to bed each night around 3:00 a.m.or 3:30 a.m., I overslept till about 11:00 a.m., which messes up my day. The reason for today's lateness is that I spent an amazing day out yesterday with friends Cathy and Terry, south of Calgary, and then got to bed so late after getting things done on my computer. I had found an e-mail on my computer around 12:45 a.m., just as I was about to turn off my computer for the night. Did I want to go birding tomorrow and, if so, to meet at 8:00 a.m.? A full day of excitement and enjoyment left me tired out, but so happy. Can you believe that we saw 17 owls yesterday? SEVENTEEN! I didn't photograph quite every single one, but my friends will let me know exactly how many of each owl we found, once they've gone through their photos. It was something like 10 Snowy Owls and 7 Great Horned Owls. The closest Snowy Owl was seen when it was early evening and the light had gone, and my photos are all blurry. The other owls were little more than a tiny speck in the far, far distance, but I still managed to get some kind of shot of some of them, using 48x zoom plus cropping. The photo above is going to be the best of them, partly because it was seen in such a beautiful setting! To me, the golden stubble looks rather like those outside, front door, sisal mats : ) Perhaps I should add that maybe 16 of the owls that were seen would never have been seen by less experienced birders (and I include myself in that category!). My friends have brilliant eyes when it comes to spotting owls! Just left me shaking my head each time they found one! I'm not too bad at finding owls, but not at that distance!

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Snowy_Owl

Rhisiart Hincks, Brenda Boisvert, LeapFrog, Sigmund and 3 other people have particularly liked this photo


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Meremail
Meremail
This seems rather odd for an owl to be off the ground, but that's where the food is.
I hope you wiped your feet Anne
3 years ago.
Cats 99
Cats 99
Excellent! What an outing to see that many owls! Yes, I suspect experienced eyes help a lot, which is one reason I am not so very successful at finding owls sometimes. However, I am thrilled for you that you saw that many owls and that you got some pictures of them that you can be happy with! This one in the field is a great sight! I love the mountains in the background as well as the stubble of that field.
3 years ago.
Trudy Tuinstra
Trudy Tuinstra
super
3 years ago.
Sonja
Sonja
Beautiful!
3 years ago.
Sigmund
Sigmund
Stunning capture and beautiful focus / depth :-))
3 years ago.
LeapFrog
LeapFrog
Haha ... it is trying to hide in the snow?? I guess that is why they call it the Snowy Owl ... great find and capture of this one!!
3 years ago.
Brenda Boisvert
Brenda Boisvert
Beautiful Snowy Owl shot!
3 years ago.
odell_rd
odell_rd
A mutual sighting! Great with the mountain backdrop.
3 years ago.