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Snowy Owl's sunbath

Snowy Owl's sunbath
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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: 2008-03-02
Categories: Birds
Camera: Fujifilm FinePix S6000fd, FUJINON ZOOM LENS 28-300mm Equiv.135
Exposure: f/9.0, 1/4000 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-12-21 19:17
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hello friends, last year i went 3 times for the Snowy Owl
and the 3 times i did photos, this year (2008-2009)
until now i went 5 times, the 5 times i saw the Owls
but i did only one time photos of the Snowy Owls

this photo was from last year (mars 2008),
i was with my bridge style camera
that does not have image stabiliser
it is th reason why i am shooting at 1/4000s

and another reason was too, here i doubled
the 300mm lens, so i was at a equivalent of 600mm,
doing that i know that i loose in the image's quality

here the white dots on the image, it is not the snow,
i cam not tell what did to get this in my image,
maybe shooting at 1/4000s and F9 did that i get
whites dots on the snow, or maybe i am wrong

from the Birds of Nova Scotia website (a Canadian province)


« Range : Circumpolar. In North America breeds across
the Arctic and winters from the arctic coast south,
sporadically well into the United States.

Remarks : Unlike some owls, these large white birds
are day hunters, well able to see in broad daylight.
The belief is general that the presence of Snowy Owls
here in winter denotes a shortage of its food supply
in the northland, and that the volume of the flight
of these south-bound owls as winter comes
to the Arctic is in direct ratio to the extent
of the food shortage there.

It lays 3 to 10 eggs to a clutch. The difference in the size
of sets is striking but the explanation is simple: when food
is in normal supply the fertility of the female increases and
more eggs are laid, but during lean years, egg production
decreases in direct ratio to the availability of food for offspring. »

Thanks for looking


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The white dots are ice crystal which the sun is reflecting and the eye cannot see...I have ltos of images like this...but not with such a wonderful bird! Bravo in Italian for the soprano!

Hi Asbed,

I thought I have seen this pictues before but it's a little differnt.
Nice pov, colours, dof and bg.
This specie I have never been seen ihe real wild.


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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2008-12-22 0:38]

Hola Asbed,
sorprendente captura,
buen foco y pov,

At last you captured this beauty my friend! Wonderful composition and nice colours.
TFS this fine capture Asbed!

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2008-12-22 0:47]

Hello Asbed,
Beautiful photo with the ice crystals. Great with the Snowy Owl. Nice colours and DOF.

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  • Rosa Gold Star Critiquer [C: 56 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2008-12-22 1:44]

Hello Asbesd,
great capture, perfect timimg.
What a momment.
Have a great Holiday Season

Ciao Asbed,
un'altra splendida immagine di Gufo delle nevi in una postura simpatica ed accattivante, eccellenti POV e DOF, buona la definizione, bellissimi riflessi dei cristalli di neve e la luminosità.

Hello Asbed,
Finally you could find out such beautiful moments to capture this bird even in heavy snow & cold! Amazing shot with crytal reflections of sunlight. The bird apparently is enjoying the winter snow. TFS

Hi Asbed,
you have captured a beautiful Owl and I think he enjoy
the sunbath in the snow, Good sharpness and fine details.
The colours are also nice, maybe the snow is a bit bluish.
Well done, my friend.

Bonsoir Absed,
Je te trouve bien chanceux dàvoir photographier Harfan des neiges. Trè beaux cadrages couleur superbe qualitée d'image excellante .Beau travil

Pay attention Asbed, your owl is going down in too the snow:), wonderful winter composition, all is white, perfect focus, fine details and excellent sharpness, very well done, Happy Holidays to you, ciao Silvio

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2008-12-30 22:26]

Hello Asbed,
I don't know why I missed this beauty, another excellent capture of a Snowy owl in the snow while it is snowing in the sunshine. The pose, light management and POV while she sits with her lower part in the snow are great.
TFS this beauty and a Happy new Year to you!

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