The Snowy Owl (Bubo scandiacus) is a large owl of the typical owl family Strigidae. Females and juveniles are more heavily marked than males - adult males may be almost pure white, although they have up to three tail bands. Adult females are distinctly barred throughout, and have from four to six tail bands. Immatures are very heavily barred throughout, and dark spotting may codominate or dominate the overall plumage. Intensity of dark spotting varies with the sex of the immatures, females being the darkest. Juveniles are uniformly brown with scattered white tips of down.
Ok, i'm back from a wonderful trip to seattle, and area! Snowies, have always been on my list, so when my friend Josh mentioned, lets plan a trip, i was in, and just so pumped, for the possible sightings, and photography of a snowy owl. Mr. Tin Man Lee & girlfriend , also flew up from CA, and joined in on the fun.. can't find better shooting partners than these three characters!!! LOL Little did i know; just how blessed we would be on this trip. The weather cleared, sun appeared, temperatures moderated a bit, wind came up, but boy did we have a thrilling few days in Washington state!!
These owls, are "NOT" captive, conservatory rehab, baited etc, These wild raptors , can be spooked very easy, and require very low, crouched, if not a crawling approach. Impossible to approach, and get close standing, or anything above crouched position.. trust me i found out the hard way. It was a windy day, so they were down taking shelter from the cold winds, and in the cover of grasses, and driftwood perching.
This image isn't manipulated in tones etc, the grasses, allowed me the washout fore/aft , thus the color wash from the dry tan to brown grasses appeal. I'd like to present a series, on these wonderful and majestic beauties, over the next couple of days. stay tuned, and click on the image to darken the BKG!
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