Saturday, January 14, 2012

Snowy Owls


Lucky for us here in B.C., this is a major snowy owl flight year. They migrate south from the arctic only once every 4 or 5 years due to decline of their primary food source, the native lemmings. Serena & I packed our binoculars and headed to Boundary Bay dyke this week. We were treated to a spectacular nature show of over a dozen snowy owls dotting the shoreline. The birds, many of them juveniles, are huge and magnificent; their gleaming white feathers shine bright against the clear blue sky. My dinky little digital camera looked extra dinky next to all those telescopic camera lenses around me. For more impressive photos, try the ones taken by photographer Pascal Marchand. It was a great experience for Serena since she just did a project on owls last year. We're just super thrilled for this rare opportunity to see these majestic snowy owls in the wild with our own eyes!

Related Reading & Resources:
Animals the Live in the Tundra: Snowy Owls by Roman Patrick
Snowy Owls: Hunters of the Snow and Ice by Elaine Landau
CBC News: Snowy owls flock south to B.C. for rare appearance

6 comments:

  1. Beautiful shots of the owls Serena! We live in an amazing place full of His beauty:) Blessings Pippa

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    1. What a great field trip!! We were there last week too!!

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    2. Tina,
      Would you have any idea where I could buy owl pellets? My kids are totally into owls right now.

      Katina

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  2. It must have been great to see
    Nanny & Papa

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  3. Hey Tina thanks for the credits! Thought you might like to see the video as well...
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4EXTuFfxe5c

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    1. You deserve the credits, Pascal! Thanks for the video, we enjoyed it!

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