Female Short-eared Owl on a snowy day

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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.


  1. [email protected] February 2, 2014 at 1:51 pm

    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. Eileen January 29, 2014 at 5:16 pm

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

  3. Stu January 28, 2014 at 3:43 pm

    Great Picture Mia!

  4. Montanagirl January 28, 2014 at 9:41 am

    Lovely photo, Mia.

  5. jerry liguori January 28, 2014 at 7:55 am

    Gorgeous photo and pose.

  6. Patty Chadwick January 28, 2014 at 8:28 am

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

  7. Dave Sparks January 28, 2014 at 7:02 am

    A wondrous combination: the white snow and dark owl.

  8. judy watson January 28, 2014 at 6:43 am

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

  9. John Randall January 28, 2014 at 7:31 am

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

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