They're Back - A Message in Regards to Snowy Owls

Once again, our winter visitors have returned. And once again, the frenzy begins. As winter approaches, birders of all types start looking to the skies and fields for the elusive sight of a Snowy Owl. Once reports are posted online, of a sighting, crowds start to gather. Most people are repectful of the beautiful birds but there are always a few people who will do almost anything to get a good picture, even chasing them out in the fields, with their cellphone to get a picture. I thought it would be a good idea to share some information to help our visitors. The following link takes you to a great site for information about Snowy Owls and the specific page is for some Etiquette for photographing and viewing these beautiful creatures. Project SNOWstorm - Snowy Owl Etiquette

Here are some of the photos I have taken in the last few years. Many have been cropped by 20-50% to get closer. All have been taken with 100-400mm or 150- 600mm lenses and usually on an ASP-C body for an extra 1.6x and sometimes with an added teleconvertor.

Canon 7D mk II, Sigma 150-600mm @ 562mm, 1/1000 sec, f/9, ISO 3200 and +0.3 EXp Comp

Canon 7D mk II, Sigma 150-600mm @ 562mm, 1/1000 sec, f/9, ISO 3200 and +0.3 EXp Comp

Canon 7D mk II, Sigma 150-600mm @ 600mm, 1/1000 sec, f/6.3, ISO 3200 and +0.3 EXp Comp

Canon 7D mk II, Sigma 150-600mm @ 600mm, 1/1000 sec, f/6.3, ISO 3200 and +0.3 EXp Comp

Canon 7D mk II, Sigma 150-600mm @ 560mm, 1/250 sec, f/8 and ISO 3200

Canon 7D mk II, Sigma 150-600mm @ 560mm, 1/250 sec, f/8 and ISO 3200

Canon 7D mk II, Canon 100-400mm @ 400mm, 1/800 sec, f/8 and ISO 3200

Canon 7D mk II, Canon 100-400mm @ 400mm, 1/800 sec, f/8 and ISO 3200

Canon 7D mk II, Canon 100-400mm @ 400mm, 1/800 sec, f/8 and ISO 3200

Canon 7D mk II, Canon 100-400mm @ 400mm, 1/800 sec, f/8 and ISO 3200

Canon 7D mk II, Canon 100-400mm @ 400mm, 1/320 sec, f/5.6 and ISO 3200

Canon 7D mk II, Canon 100-400mm @ 400mm, 1/320 sec, f/5.6 and ISO 3200

Canon 7D mk II, Sigma 150-600mm @ 600mm, 1/2000 sec, f/6.3 and ISO 250

Canon 7D mk II, Sigma 150-600mm @ 600mm, 1/2000 sec, f/6.3 and ISO 250

Canon 7D mk II, Sigma 150-600mm @ 600mm, 1/2000 sec, f/6.3 and ISO 320

Canon 7D mk II, Sigma 150-600mm @ 600mm, 1/2000 sec, f/6.3 and ISO 320

Canon 7D mk II, Sigma 150-600mm @ 704 mm with 1.4x teleconvertor, 1/1600 sec, f/9 and ISO 320

Canon 7D mk II, Sigma 150-600mm @ 704 mm with 1.4x teleconvertor, 1/1600 sec, f/9 and ISO 320

See if you can spot the owl - Canon 7D mk II, Sigma 150-600mm @ 210 mm with 1.4x teleconvertor, 1/2000 sec, f/7.1 and ISO 500

See if you can spot the owl - Canon 7D mk II, Sigma 150-600mm @ 210 mm with 1.4x teleconvertor, 1/2000 sec, f/7.1 and ISO 500

Canon 7D mk II, Sigma 150-600mm @ 704 mm with 1.4x teleconvertor, 1/2500 sec, f/9 and ISO 1600

Canon 7D mk II, Sigma 150-600mm @ 704 mm with 1.4x teleconvertor, 1/2500 sec, f/9 and ISO 1600

Canon 7D mk II, Sigma 150-600mm @ 704 mm with 1.4x teleconvertor, 1/2000 sec, f/9 and ISO 2000

Canon 7D mk II, Sigma 150-600mm @ 704 mm with 1.4x teleconvertor, 1/2000 sec, f/9 and ISO 2000

Canon EOS R, Canon 100-400mm @ 330mm, 1/640 sec, F/5.6 and ISO 500

Canon EOS R, Canon 100-400mm @ 330mm, 1/640 sec, F/5.6 and ISO 500

Canon EOS R, Canon 100-400mm @ 330mm, 1/640 sec, F/5.6 and ISO 640

Canon EOS R, Canon 100-400mm @ 330mm, 1/640 sec, F/5.6 and ISO 640

Canon EOS R, Canon 100-400mm @ 800mm with 2x teleconvertor, 1/1250 sec, F/11 and ISO 1250

Canon EOS R, Canon 100-400mm @ 800mm with 2x teleconvertor, 1/1250 sec, F/11 and ISO 1250