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#361449 - 12/20/11 02:02 PM My Mom's rare pic
Murph Offline
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Registered: 10/05/06
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Loc: PEI, Canada
My Mom walked right up to this Snowy Owl with her little point and shoot, clicking until he thought for sure he would get scared and fly away before she got too close. My Mom actually lost her nerve before the owl!!

We super rarely see these guys except maybe flying overhead between the south and the Artic. I figure he was probably so exhausted from flying that he just didn't bother flying away but a bird expert told me that they so rarely see man up North that they often have little fear. Probably a combination of exhaustion and "meh, I could take her."

Definitely a once in a lifetime shot for her.


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#361450 - 12/20/11 02:07 PM Re: My Mom's rare pic [Re: Murph]
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Registered: 03/07/05
Posts: 7413
Loc: Glendale, Arizona
That is quite spectacular!

You know, it seems the larger predatory birds have a smug 'tude. My dad and I passed a hawk on a golf course, probably within 10 ft of it, and the hawk hardly registered our existence. Shortly after that he took flight and buzzed a guy on the nearby green, flew at head height and almost clipped the guys head with its wing.
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#361451 - 12/20/11 02:08 PM Re: My Mom's rare pic [Re: St_PatGuy]
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Wow, what a shot!
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#361461 - 12/20/11 02:38 PM Re: My Mom's rare pic [Re: Ken.C]
Ajax Offline
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Registered: 12/30/03
Posts: 6255
Loc: Cleveland, Ohio
Incredibly beautiful bird.
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#361462 - 12/20/11 02:42 PM Re: My Mom's rare pic [Re: Ajax]
CV Offline
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Registered: 07/20/06
Posts: 11270
Loc: Richland, WA, USA
That owl is just begging to perch on my falconry glove that I don't have yet.

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#361463 - 12/20/11 03:11 PM Re: My Mom's rare pic [Re: CV]
nickbuol Offline
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Registered: 09/16/04
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Loc: Marion, IA
Hey, its Hedwig from Harry Potter!
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#361465 - 12/20/11 03:34 PM Re: My Mom's rare pic [Re: nickbuol]
Wid Offline
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Registered: 06/22/03
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Loc: The Peoples Republic of Il.

Beautiful!!
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#361466 - 12/20/11 03:54 PM Re: My Mom's rare pic [Re: Wid]
medic8r Offline
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Registered: 02/05/06
Posts: 6404
Loc: Fredericksburg, Virginia
Awesome!

I like how he's looking backwards. Probably trying to help CV find a falconry glove.
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#361468 - 12/20/11 04:06 PM Re: My Mom's rare pic [Re: medic8r]
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Registered: 06/23/07
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Loc: Sitting down somewhere
Beautiful picture! Beautiful bird!
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#361470 - 12/20/11 04:11 PM Re: My Mom's rare pic [Re: Da_Gimp_Pimp]
Adrian Offline
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Registered: 12/27/08
Posts: 6622
Loc: It's all about the location.
Wow, that's a beautiful shot Andrew.
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