Sunday, February 19, 2012

Opportunity Right Around The Corner

So remember a couple of weeks ago I said Wayne and I saw some
Snowy Owls as we drove home from Regina and that I didn't have my camera?

We went out for about a two hour drive in the country that same weekend...
nothing.

We went out for about a two hour drive in the country last weekend...
nothing.

We went out for about a two hour drive in the country yesterday...
nothing.

And then, coming back into the city yesterday...a Snowy Owl!
Sitting as pretty as you please on top of a light post.

The kicker?
The light post it was sitting on is about 3 blocks from our house!!!!

Are you kidding me?





A white bird and a white sky
not the easiest to capture!



S/he was still there 2 1/2 hours later.

Clearly the 'night life' of the city was calling.

:)

51 comments:

T's Daily Treasures said...

ha-ha! That is so funny! What a pretty, pretty owl! Hope your day is great. Tammy

Sandra said...

AMAZING! that you found it that close to home and that the photo came out so beautiful with that white sky. so jealous

SD ~ Dawning Inspiration said...

I love seeing different animals from places I don't get to see. This is such a beautiful owl!!

I wasn't really aware we had any owls in "our" neighborhood until one day I was at Mom's and heard this funny noise... finally realized it was an owl hooting!! It was night time so I didn't get to go looking for it. It was cool to hear though.

You did great capturing it!!

Mary Ann said...

Wow...so gorgeous. I love owls:)

Sylvia said...

Oh, how wonderful, Catherine, beautiful capture of the owl, it's a lovely one !
Nice Sunday !
Hugs,
Sylvia

Betsy from Tennessee said...

Oh how gorgeous, Catherine. Can't believe that they ended up being so close to your house... Awesome!!!!!

Love those little guys and you got some great photos. Thanks for sharing!

Have a great day. Raining here and supposed to turn to snow... Who knows????
Hugs,
Betsy

It's me said...

Wowwwwwwwww...beautiful !!..love from me...xxx..

TexWisGirl said...

oh, so jealous!!! lucky you!!!

Cheri said...

Wow! I saw a news article saying this year these Arctic owls have been spotted much further south - even in the US than they usually go. Lucky you!

Susan said...

Isn't that the way it works? Beautiful photos of a beautiful bird!
Amazing!

Tricia @ Bluff Area Daily said...

What. a. beauty. =)

Katnip Lounge said...

That's amazing that you spotted her! What a coup.

Linda @ A La Carte said...

That's pretty darn funny! I am however glad you got those gorgeous photos!

Brian said...

Atht is such a beautiful owl!

Tracy said...

WOW! Cat, that is a beautiful capture! ...absolutely gorgeous :)

Lúcia said...

This is the most beautiful owl I've ever seen!
Thanks for sharing Catherine! :)

Anesha said...

How special is that, you are so lucky. Have a great week. Hugs anesha

Barbara said...

Gorgeous shots!! S/he posed very sweetly for you!

Fuzzy Tales said...

Oh, gorgeous, gorgeous! You lucky woman, to see her--and so close to home.

I've only ever seen two owls in all the years I've lived here--one was a barred owl that hung around on campus for a while, mostly in the trees outside my window at the time (we're in an adjacent building now) and the other was the barest glimpse, walking to work one winter morning in the dark. Heard a sound, turned and looked just barely made out that it was an owl, not sure what kind.

Berts Blog said...

Well done. I think you did a great job capturing the Snowey White with a White background. What a treat....

Becca said...

Oh my gosh, these shots are amazing! What a pretty bird...She looks so soft like you could just reach out and pet her.

Lin said...

WOW! He is beautiful!! Good shot too!

Isn't that crazy that he was only 3 blocks from your house??? Hahaha!

BeadedTail said...

That's funny that s/he came to your neck of the woods instead of staying out in the country! S/he's absolutely gorgeous!

Romance Reader said...

A cute and pretty owl...but too funny about your ride! Well at least you had a long drive!

Ann said...

What a gorgeous bird. How funny that it was that close to home although after all that driving around I'm sure it wasn't that amusing to you. Glad you finally spotted it

Glogirly and Katie said...

Those are amazing photos! We have wanted to photograph a snowy owl for years...but have never seen one.

I've always thought an owl's eyes look kind of cat-like.

: )
Glogirly & Katie

Chatty Crone said...

You scored big time there - great pictures. sandie

The Purr Diaries said...

OMC that is so amazing! Beautiful! I've never seen an owl in the wild :o(

Reena Walkling said...

Little stinker! Right there in your back yard. She/he is so beautiful! Love how she is looking down at you.

~Kim at Golden Pines~ said...

Isn't that how it always is? Your shots really are amazing Catherine, he really is just stunning! I wonder how many people drove by and didn't notice him?

silverthoughts2 said...

Doesn't that beat all? LOL

And that owl is stunning. Outside of a zoo, I've never seen an owl in person.

SweetMarie said...

So happy you got your pic! And whar an amazing pic it is! All are so beautiful!

Laura Delegal - Leroy Photography said...

He's beautiful. You have such great patience.

Pamela said...

She is soooo beautiful!!!!!
OMG how amazing are you to get such a magnificent shot?? I am so excited about seeing this photo!
This is a frame worthy piece Catherine!!
Thanks for ending my Sunday in a great way!
Pamela xo

Donna said...

what are the chances that a snowy owl is right in front of your nose? I would not of noticed him way up there, I don't think? beautiful photos of the snowy owl!

Deborah said...

How wonderful! it's so thrilling to see an owl, I've only seen one and I think I squealed :o)

Linda R said...

How cool is that.. What great shots.
And what a gorgeous owl.. I can see why you were on the hunt for S/he..

Hope you have a great week..

Hugs, Linda

Katy Noelle said...

Amazing, Cat! Amazing! I know....owls don't really show up often. I always wonder how those amazing nature photographers get them soaring over fields, etc. I never see them - even though I hear them all the time.

This is beautiful - tack sharp - gorgeous guy - and, yes, I'd call this 'wildlife photography', since he's waiting for the cities' nightlife.;) Oh, I'm just silly....

xxoo =D

troutbirder said...

Taking a deep breath. I will be gracious and not insanely jealous.... Congratulations Catherine on the fine sighting. Your are fortunate indeed along with millions of people in the northern part of the norther hemisphere who have to skillful enough to find this preciously bird. I, however, continue my hopeless search for the same sighting and have no doubt driven up the priced of gasoline with my fruitless search and... Oh stop whining Troutbirder... :(

The Smiths said...

Wow - such a beauty!

Well done Catherine - lovely photos!

K&S xx

Tracey from ⓽ said...

LOL. Sneaky owl. I hear owls all the time around here but only at night. I have never seen one in the daytime and I am sure we don't have the pretty snowy owls you have there!

Splendid Little Stars said...

That is SO awesome! I love owls, especially ever since we re-nested 3 last Spring.
interesting that the owl was just sitting there in plain view in the middle of the day!

Madge Bloom said...

Beautiful... aren't they??

Linens and Royals said...

Wonderful owl, great pictures.
We always have pelicans perching on street lights, makes driving or walking underneath a bit risky.
Wish that owl lived here.

Nancy said...

He is beautiful and so close to your house....I have never seen one but I sure would love to...Thanks for sharing your gorgeous photograph.....

What lens did you use?

Susan McShannon-Monteith said...

They're just magnificent...and imagine only a few minutes from home.
Hope you don't have to travel so far next time.
Susan x

Tamago said...

Ha ha ha, it's too funny! Maybe the snowy owl was playing with you and eventually decided to show up in front of you :-)
These are very beautiful pictures and the owl has such a lovely face!

Ross said...

This is great! One of the birds that I really want to be able to photograph, yet haven't had the chance.You certainly got some great pictures of him!

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myinnerchick.com said...

Majestic. Magical.

WOW.

I Love the photos :)

cathy@home said...

Lovely photo Catherine.

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