February 2, 2014
The sun wasn’t shining, but I didn’t care! I had my cameras, mild temperatures (relatively speaking) and it wasn’t a snow storm. Could my drought finally be over? After weeks of no opportunities, I saw today as a godsend!
It’s been a prolific winter for Snowy Owls (although I hadn’t seen any yet). The nearest one to me was spotted on Oliver Side Road in Deseronto (about a 15 minute drive) and that’s where I was heading.
It was on its favourite perch apparently, and it didn’t seem to mind that I was taking pictures. It was content to just sit and enjoy the view.
I waited for over an hour, hoping it would take to the air.
While I waited, I captured this brief video.
As I mentioned at the beginning, the temperatures were relatively mild (near zero Celsius) but standing in the cold breeze for over an hour was chilling me to the bones. I finally was ready to give up. I started back to the car when suddenly the magnificent Snowy took off.
It wasn’t the best flight shot I’ve ever taken, but after almost 90 minutes of waiting in the cold I was thrilled to have it!