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Snowy Owl

Snowy Owl
Photo Information
Copyright: Donald Lapointe (hibou) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 217 W: 1 N: 331] (1629)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-12-31
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D100, Sigma 50-500 F/4-6.3 EX HSM
Exposure: f/6.3, 1/1000 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2006-01-04 18:24
Viewed: 5453
Points: 16
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note [French]
You could see this picture in my identification guide
Initiation aux oiseaux du Québec par la couleur
The heaviest of North American owls, the Snowy Owl Nyctea scandiaca stands nearly half a metre tall, with a wingspan of almost 1.5 m. As is the case with most diurnal birds of prey—those that are active during the day—the female is larger and heavier than the male.

Unique characteristics - The eyes of owls do not move in their sockets. To look to the side or to follow a moving object, the bird must swivel its head. The eyes contain many more light-gathering cells than do human eyes and can detect small objects moving at great distances. As in other owls, the visual fields of the two forward-directed eyes overlap widely. This binocular vision gives owls excellent ability to judge distances, an important attribute when attacking prey. Unlike most owls, which are nocturnal, or active only at night, the Snowy Owl is active both night and day. Because daylight is continuous within the Arctic Circle during much of the summer nesting season, this adaptation is not surprising.

In 1987, the Snowy Owl was named the official bird of Quebec. Source: http://www.ffdp.ca/index_e.asp

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ThreadThread Starter Messages Updated
To klemmg: Thanks for your info!hibou 1 01-15 11:44
To Jannie: What is an approching POV ?hibou 1 01-10 19:43
To Platypus: In fact his bird is not communhibou 1 01-10 19:40
To coasties: Tanks for your commentshibou 1 01-05 19:32
To chouette: Je vous souhaite un harfang bientôt !hibou 1 01-05 19:29
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Nyctea scandiaca,!! one of my favourite owls, just beautiful, unfortunetly i don't have it in my country. 5* for the photo, it's really amazing! congratullations and thank you for share it.

WOW... Great shot of a Great bird ! Never seen such an owl before, and the posture in flight is perfect, with the wings extended...
Do you get the chance to see this bird often in the wild ?!

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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2006-01-05 0:10]

Hi Donald. Another wonderful snowy owl capture. The sharpness is great, especially for a in-flight shot. The blue tinge on the bird gives it an eerie look. Interesting post and TFS. : )

  • Jannie Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 244 W: 6 N: 264] (1227)
  • [2006-01-05 1:50]
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Very good detail and colours. An approaching POV would hav been nice.


Excellent in-flight shot. great sharpness, exposure and composition.

Hi Donald

Running late this morning, but enough time to see that this is an excellent post. Good POV, clarity and details. TFS.

Bonjour Donald,
Très belle photo de ce magnifique hibou blanc! Les couleurs sont justes, la lumière est très belle et l'exposition excellente. J'espère aussi pouvoir photographier un de ces harfangs cet hiver!
J'en profite pour vous souhaiter une Bonne Année 2006 et beaucoup d'autres photos d'oiseaux!

Hi Donald,
Great in-flight of this owl. Saw your question to Jannie. POV = point of view. An approaching POV is one where the bird comes at you, while here it is flying away from you. Usually a fleeing or apparently uninterested animal (the typical "butt shot") is less attractive than if you have an animal that comes towards you or at least turns or looks towards you (perfect world).
Here the owl is almost parallel and the eye can still be seen. Not only that but the light emphasizes the face, which is really nice. Often the wings throw shadows where you don't want them. The POV is also at the same height which is very good, as you often get birds from below only, i.e. with a low POV. The spread-out wings that show a lot of feather detail with all those sprinkles are a really nice touch too.
Excellent in-flight of an unusual bird.

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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2006-02-14 18:01]

Superbe Harfang, Donald.

Belle composition, bel éclairage et bonne netteté. Bravo !


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