Female Short-eared Owl on a snowy day

Female Short-eared Owl on a snowy dayFemale Short-eared Owl on a snowy day – Nikon D300, f6.3, 1/800, ISO 500, +1.0 EV, Nikkor 200-400mm VR with 1.4x TC at 400mm, natural light, not baited

One year ago today the sky was cloudy, the fog was thick and the snow was blowing in northern Utah. I couldn’t see the tops of the mountains or across the Great Salt Lake but I did spot this Short-eared Owl perched on a snow-covered bush on the causeway on my way to Antelope Island. The island itself was completely covered with fresh fallen snow and there were near whiteout conditions at times, I also photographed Coyotes and Chukars in very low light conditions.

The snow on the ground now has been there for quite some time but the weather is changing today with snow forecasted for later this evening. It sure would be wonderful to have fresh snow, to have the inversion cleaned out of the valley but better yet it would be terrific if I found another Short-eared Owl on a snowy day.

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About Mia McPherson

I am a nature lover, wildlife watcher and a bird photographer. I first become serious about bird photography when I moved to Florida in 2004 and it wasn’t long before I was hooked (addicted is more like it). My move to the Salt Lake area of Utah was a great opportunity to continue observing their behavior and to pursue my passion for photographing birds.


  1. What an incredible shot. My first experience with Short-eared Owls was last year, up here in the Northwest. I have yet to see them on a clear, non-rainy day but look forward to that opportunity. An image like this certainly inspires the desire to have a clear view! Thanks, Mia.

  2. Beautiful shot, I love the eyes! Great capture and sighting, Mia!

  3. Great Picture Mia!

  4. What a BEAUTIFUL image…and, once again, great composition…a real winner on all accounts’ Mia….

  5. Gorgeous photo and pose.

  6. Beautiful Photo Mia. It truly captures the spirit and stillness of winter.

  7. A wondrous combination: the white snow and dark owl.

  8. Nice, Mia.
    I don’t think I have seen one.

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