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My 1st Snowy Owl

My 1st Snowy Owl
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Copyright: Asbed Iskedjian (CeltickRanger) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3415 W: 71 N: 9937] (37400)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-02-28
Categories: Birds
Camera: Fujifilm FinePix S6000fd, FUJINON ZOOM LENS 28-300mm Equiv.135
Exposure: f/8, 1/2000 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-02-29 5:22
Viewed: 3371
Points: 30
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Hello, yesterday i had the chance too shoot my 1st
Snowy Owl, it is not a beautiful close-up shot but for
a first photo of this speecies of owl i am very happy

Photo shot at a village not far from Montréal,
after being 30 minutes on that country road
coming and going by car and by walk
i finally locate him at very far in a agricultar field

i walked something like 200 meters directly on him
stopped at around 30 meter and shot my photo,
all the time i was walking on him he had his
eyes and head turned to me, keeping eye-contact

it was very very cold, around -15 degres celcius,
i was without my winter gloves, i have difficulty
to manipulate my camera with winter gloves

after that shot, the Snowy Owl takeoff
and went to pose a little bit far, i was happy
of my shot i did'nt want to follow him

this photo was shot in JPEG format
to double my 300mm zoom and at ISO400

i will certainly return at that place
and hopefully try to do better shots

from the Hinterland Who's Who website
here is some text on the Snowy Owl

« Habitat and habit

In the breeding season, Snowy Owls are typically
found from the treeline to the northern limit of Canada,
preferring high, rolling tundra with tall points of land
for nest sites and perches. In the High Arctic, nests are
typically situated among such upland plants as willow,
saxifrage, heather, and lichens, but in the Low Arctic,
Snowy Owls tend to use dense, hummocky,
dwarf shrub meadow for nesting.

During winter in southern Canada, Snowy Owls
inhabit prairies, marshes, open fields, or shorelines,
habitats that resemble the treeless tundra of their
breeding range. Although some individuals may
wander in winter, many establish and defend hunting
territories for periods of two or three months.

Snowy Owls spend much of their time perched
on fence posts, haystacks, trees, buildings, utility poles,
or other sites where the view is unrestricted.
They constantly scan the area around their perches,
ready to chase another owl from the territory or to
launch a silent attack on a mouse or other prey. »

for the complete text go to this webpage :


thanks for viewing and critiques


MMM, eqshannon, warnzy, jaycee, goldyrs, Adanac, hester, jossim, Janice, boreocypriensis has marked this note useful
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To lizzie: merci LiseCeltickRanger 1 02-29 21:41
To warnzy: thank you MikeCeltickRanger 1 02-29 21:36
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  • MMM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1114 W: 0 N: 2546] (11425)
  • [2008-02-29 7:10]

Salut Asbed
Felecitation.Bonne prise devue.Belle image avec un bon contact visuel.L'image est bien composé.Le texte est aussi interessant.
Merci Michel

Well congratulations..I know how the first feels thanks to TN...and hope you have many more sightings as time goes on...TN is one of the best learning devices beyond a college which I have bumped into! fine eye there Asbed...

Hi Asbed,

Well done for capturing this beautiful bird, and such good detail.I love the way he blends into his natural environment and you have done really well in very difficult lighting conditions. Perhaps cropping a little off the bottom to sit the own on the bottom third of the image would help with the compositional balance, particularly as there's no detail in that area. Super shot.


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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2008-02-29 9:26]

Bravo Asbed! T'es bien chanceux d'en avoir vu un, moi jamais! :-) Superbe photo avec une excellente exposition et une bonne netteté. Excellente note aussi, merci!


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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2008-02-29 9:53]

Hi Asbed,

Thank you so much for your nice comments on my 300th. It is so exciting to get the first shot of a bird! I'm glad you saw this Snowy Owl - I would love to see one. He looks wonderful surrounded by all the snow.


Bonjour Asbed,

Bravo pour cette première photo du harfang, c'est le même oiseau que j'ai pris dernièrement. Tu sais pour les mains et les pieds, tu peux te procurer des warmers chez Canadian Tire, pas cher et très efficace lorsque tu veux rester longtemps dans le champ. J'espère que tu avais des raquettes aussi, beaucoup plus facile de marcher.
Encore une fois, belle présentation du harfang et au plaisir de te rencontrer dans ses champs si vastes!


Congrats Asbed,

I know the thrill of photographing a new species for the first time. Now that you know where this one is, I am sure you can catch it again some other time. We'll be waiting for more pictures!



Fine POV. Excellent sharp details of its structure and patterns. Fine natural colours too and great composition, overall.
TFS and cheers!

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2008-03-01 6:31]

Hello Asbed,
Your great capture shows how his plumage does a very effective job of camouflaging the bird in its' surroundings. Thank you for this fine image.

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  • RP1 Gold Star Critiquer [C: 154 W: 1 N: 6] (251)
  • [2008-03-01 17:59]

Salut Asbed,
Pour une première photo de cet oiseau, c'est réussi. Belle approche de ta part.

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2008-03-01 18:04]

Hello Asbed

Great job!
Glad to see you have photographed this beautiful bird.
I am lucky enough to pass by two of these birds almost everyday.
The setting with some vegetation is lovely.
Very good POV.


Bonjour ASbed,
Tu as eu la chance de le rouver chanceux, il es magnifique, très belel composition.

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  • hester Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1515 W: 18 N: 3165] (11638)
  • [2008-03-02 1:58]

Hi Asbed

It must be a wonderful sigh to see. He looks great in that winter landscape. I love the POV and that line of winter branches



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  • jossim Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1538 W: 5 N: 2240] (12636)
  • [2008-03-02 3:41]

Bonjour Asbed,

Bravo pour cette première,moi je n'ai pas encore eu cette chance. Félicitations pour cette capture.

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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2008-03-03 1:26]

He's a long way away, but congratulations Asbed for your first!! They can only get better.
Thanks for sharing

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