Snow Bunting photographs are thrown into the mix today as well as photographs of eight from some of 11 Snowy Owls seen this morning thanks to the assistance of my friend Mark (thanks, Mark) who kindly acted as my guide this morning. Mark has been out looking at Snowy Owls and documenting their presence west of Montreal since the big influx started this winter and has then all well pinned down.
So this was not a morning of green birding, this was pretty exciting though and also outside my wildlife circle and definitely “off patch”. However, it was “West of Montreal” and so comes within the remit of this journal. It may be many years before we see Snowy owls in this sort of number again so the carbon emissions (and we did share a vehicle) were justified.
I know everyone is more than sated with photographs of Snowy Owls now, every man and his dog with a camera has been out there sharing the fun but I would say that this is a species that you can never have too much of so I am throwing my mite into the mix … however, we did also pick up a flock of Wild Turkeys and my all time favourite birds – Snow Buntings. Hence the photographs that follow include plenty of Snow Bunting images to lighten the load.
Don’t ask me where these owls were though other than in the broad area roughly known as “around St-Clet”. Apart from the fact that I am sworn to secrecy I honestly would be hard put to tell you as this is a very featureless and flat part of Quebec, all the more so when the snow is on the ground.
So – pictures. To save page room, most of these pictures are in a gallery … click on a thumbnail and you will enter the gallery at full size and see them in all their glory. Mots taken with a Canon 7D DSLR and 100-400mm L series lens, the greater close ups taken by digiscoping with a Swarovski ATX/STX 65 mm spotting scope and a Sony Nex-7 mirrorless interchangeable lens camera
Here we go: