November 8th, 2013 – Avian Friday: Winter Wonders
With winter soon approaching, I’m not really looking forward to the short days and cold temperatures without very much sight of the sun for the next several months. One of the only saving graces is that the season can be prime migration time for several species of raptors. Bald Eagles will soon line the banks of the Skagit River to feed on the Chum salmon that spawn there each year. Several other types of other hawks, falcons and Snow Geese will move through the Skagit Valley offering good opportunities to be seen by bird photographers and nature lovers. The past few years we’ve been lucky to have some special visitors making a stop on their way to the high arctic areas of the Northern hemisphere. A number of Snowy Owls have been sighted in areas around Western Washington. I made a couple of trips up to British Columbia’s Boundary Bay to see them a couple of years back. Hopefully if they return this year, I might have a chance to see and photograph these beautiful birds again.
Snowy Owl (Bubo scandiacus)
Delta British Columbia
500mm | 1/500th Sec. @f/13 | ISO 400
Canon 1D Mark III+ Canon EF 500/4L IS USM
Processed with Lightroom 4, Photoshop CS5, Nik Software Suite.
Feel free to comment below if you like what you see or have any other observations.
Thanks for stopping by,