Snowy Owl (Bubo scandiacus), British Columbia, Canada

A young female snowy owl resting upon a large driftwood log on the foreshores of British Columbia during low tide. After spending many hours in the company of this young snowy owl, she allowed me to make a very slow and submissive approach towards her. I originally had no intent on attempting a wide angle and spent a considerable amount of time enjoying photographing her using a telephoto lens. It was only after a long period of monitoring her behaviour that I started to consider that there could be an opportunity at hand to create a wide angle image. The owl appeared to be incredibly relaxed and after making a number of judgment calls, I decided to seize the moment.

This is the first time I have attempted to approach a wild owl and the decision to do so was only made after a long and careful assessment of the situation.

No glue or bait was used in the making of this image.


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