Photographers Hunting Snowy Owls


The previous summer was extremely rich in mice, rodents… in the arctic. The Snowy Owls had many off-springs (the more mice rodent, the more snowy owls offsprings). They (mostly the young) couldn’t deal with the -40° and -50°! (both in Fahrenheit and in Celsius), so some moved south to the Lower Mainland, BC for an easier winter and for finding more food. A grand total of 24 of them!

It’s so unusual that they had the Snowy Owls on the news on TV and the photographers, from all over including the US, started to come down and 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 majority of the people were using Canon cameras and most of them were using either the 500mm f/4 or the 100-400 f/4.5-5.6.

Technical

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
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