Birds of Prey
My Birds of Prey show at the Arts Alive Gallery in Breckenridge, Colorado has been extended another month, until the end of April, 2014.
Some of the images in the show can be viewed here. I hope that these will inspire you to stop by the gallery and have a closer look.
My first encounter with a snowy owl was on the tundra above the Arctic Circle in Alaska while in search of polar bears. I fell in love with these beautiful owls and hoped to someday be able to get a closer, sharper, higher quality photograph than the one I shot that day. Subsequently, I traveled to South Dakota, where 30 were reported at Lake Andes. No luck. Traveled to Vancouver several times, where 20 were reported, but did not get THE shot. I made numerous trips to the fields near Denver International Airport for a reported snowy owl. I never found it.
It could be considered an obsession.
Finally, on a trip to Calgary, Canada where the snowy owls are known to gather, I captured the photograph that I thought that I would never get. A male snowy owl (all white), flying toward the camera at sunset.
My obsession has been cured.
“Snowy Fly-By” – A snowy owl is on a mission as it glides towards a prey target. Snowy owls are the largest owl by weight in North America. They breed above the Arctic Circle and have been known to fly south into the US for winters.
“Hawk Owl Hover” – A Northern Hawk Owl hovers over potential prey. The Northern Hawk Owl inhabits the northern regions of the US and Canada.
“Shipping Included” – A field mouse gets a free ride by a Northern Hawk Owl.
“Desert Ghost” – A great horned owl flies in silence and with stealth. This beautiful great horned owl swooped in silence just a few feet over my head and landed on a cactus stalk 10 yards from where I was standing. In between heart palpitations and rapid breathing, I was able to remember to take this picture.
“A Different Point of View” – A burrowing owl will occasionally tilt its head. Is it doing so to be comical or to triangulate sound from potential prey?
“Screech Owl Posing” – A tiny owl about the size of a pint glass with a spooky, screechy sound.
“Rainbow’s End” – A rainbow trout meets an untimely end as it is fished out of a local stream and delivered to the Osprey nest for a trout diner for two.
These are a few of the images in the exhibit. Hope that you are able to attend.