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Published: January 4, 2012
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Rumors of snowy owl sightings in Wisconsin were enough for me to extend my trip home for the holidays and hope that I might get a chance to find one. I received a tip on a location where a snowy was spotted a few weeks ago and decided that was my best chance. I was not confident at all that I would see one, but a couple of days in the frozen windy marsh proved to be beyond worth it. Just after sunset I saw this beautiful snowy owl perched on the top of an old dead tree. Its back facing me, so focused on the ground that I feared it might never look back at me and I'll have to leave with only a photo of what appeared to be a headless owl... thankfully the bird was kind enough to oblige me with a quick over the back glance with its piercing yellow eyes. A few moments later it spotted something more interesting than myself and disappeared into the tall grasses. Very cool to have the opportunity to see this rare arctic visitor so far south.

Snowy Owl - Horicon Marsh - Horicon, Wisconsin

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AveragePhotographer's avatar
AveragePhotographer|Hobbyist Photographer
Beautiful! 
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WhIppIng-b0y's avatar
It's so cute :D
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MishaFay| Digital Artist
What a beautiful bird <3
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AliciaInWonderland21|Student General Artist
Wow look at those eyes!  The last one I saw seemed to be sleepy and napping so not much eye action.  Great work!
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Acestra|Hobbyist Photographer
Perfect.
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LASKANWLF|Professional Photographer
Nice shot!! :clap:
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SilverVulpine|Hobbyist Photographer
Magnificent capture! :)
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DrewHopper|Professional Photographer
Excellent shot man. Loving your bird photography!
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BlackDriger|Hobbyist Photographer
I have always loved the Snowy Owl and this elegant photograph just reminds me as to why I do.
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StefyARH|Student General Artist
Gotta love those eyes!
wonderful animal, wonderful composition, wonderful photo!
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Nate-Zeman|Professional Photographer
thanks!
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Wolf-memories|Hobbyist Photographer
So cute :)
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JurgendeWitte|Professional Photographer
A great sighting and a wonderful photograph! Congrats Nate!
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Nate-Zeman|Professional Photographer
Thanks! Not trying to spam you but if you'd like to keep up with my photography and travels you should follow me on Facebook, I update it much more often than DA these days [link]
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Wow, glad for you !

Here in Québec it has been an invasion, and lots of problems with plenty of photographers feeding them with live mice, with lots of disturbances all the time. Now I avoid to go to watch them arround the big cities to avoid being the hundrest one with a big lense. It's cool when having the opportunity to see one and being able to have plenty of time to watch and eventually take pictures of a wild behaviour.

Great photo ! And beautiful branch :)
Congratulations !
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AdARDurden|Hobbyist Photographer
Stunning !!! Lucky You !! :)
Thanks for sharing !!! :D
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Nate-Zeman|Professional Photographer
Thank you!
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hi :happybounce: your photography has been featured > [link]
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Nate-Zeman|Professional Photographer
Thanks! Not trying to spam you but if you'd like to keep up with my photography and travels you should follow me on Facebook, I update it much more often than DA these days [link]
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Beautiful and classy bird!!!!
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Thanks! Not trying to spam you but if you'd like to keep up with my photography and travels you should follow me on Facebook, I update it much more often than DA these days [link]
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