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My typical sighting of a Snowy Owl...I'm driving slowly looking for them. I see a flash of movement out of the corner of my eye. It's a Snowy Owl that was perched on a patch of snow, I missed him, and now all I'm seeing is his backside as he flies away.
So, this is why these two photos (of the same bird) are so special for me. This was an owl where the initial sighting started off as most of my sightings, except this time, he only flew a short distance away, and landed on a ridge a couple of hundred yards away. I decided to give this guy my best shot, so I got my equipment ready, put on my hat and gloves, zipped up my coat, and started to "stalk" this guy. I started by crouching down and walking low, as from his position on the ridge, he coudn't see me if I ducked down. As I got closer, I had to get lower...and lower...and lower. Finally, I was crawling up the slope, but was rewarded to see him staring at me when I finally reached a point where I could see him. That led to the photo on the bottom. The top photo of him in flight is after he finally got sick of my presence, and flew off to a nearby fence post. Certainly a bird I won't forget.
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