The previous summer was extremely rich in mice, rodents…. in the arctic. The Snowy Owls had many off-springs. They (mostly the young) couldn’t deal with the 40 and 50 below 0 (both in Fahrenheit and in Celsius), so they moved south to the Lower Mainland, BC. 24 of them!

They had the Snowy Owls on the news on TV and the photographers started to hunt them. Hundreds of photographers (BTW, this includes me who was also there). The word hunt is not an understatement. Snowy Owls, hunt at night and sleep during the day.

I staid on the pathway trying not to disturb them too much. Many photographers decided to surround them and close in before the attack. This is one of the group.

BTW, the vast majority of the people were using Canon and most of them were either using the 500mm f/4 or the 100-400 f/4.5-5.6.

Photographers hunting for Snowy Owls

Photographers hunting for Snowy Owls

Technical

Before (left) and after (right) as processed with Darktable 2.0.7

Before (left) and After (right)

Camera: Canon 7D ISO 400 and 1/400
Lens: Sigma 120-400mm f/4.5-5.6 DG OS HSM APO @251mm and f/7.1
Processed with Darktable 2.0.7: http://www.darktable.org/