Monday, November 21, 2011
Snowy Owl on the Prowl
Yesterday was another exciting day photographing snowy owls. This image was made when the owl decided to relocate. It flew a few hundred yards down the beach and then turned around and flew right back at us. It swooped about ten feet off the ground as it passed by. I was very fortunate to be able to make this image as the owl flew very fast.
When I returned home, I saw Tim Kelley, the weatherman for New England Cable News, show a photo of photographers and a snowy owl. Then he asked for a close up of the owl. I decided to send him a photo and he put it on tv in his next segment! I asked him to mention that snowy owls are wild creatures and that people should keep a safe distance from the owls, for the owls sake. As he did that, the entire screen became my photo. Then Tim stood in front of it, just as if he were standing in front of a weather map. Then he talked about how cold it was in the arctic and that the snowy owls must be enjoying our warm weather. You can watch it here: http://www.necn.com/searchNECN/search/v/48867880/tonight-s-forecast-cloudy-skies-cold-temperatures.htm?q=snowy+owl
Seeing my image on tv was quite a thrill! I made sure to record it on DVR and then I watched it on the repeats later in the evening. I am glad that I sent in the photo. Hopefully the people who go will remember to treat the owls with respect.
The owls need their space and their rest. Try to stay at least 50 feet or more away. When approaching the owls, stay low and move slow! Too many people try to walk right up to the owls. Please care for the owls and be considerate of other photographers.