A Snowy Owl, on the tundra. Note the near 180 degree rotation of the owl's head, with the body facing almost the opposite direction! Typically snowy owls can be found near their nests, sitting on high spots as this one is, where they have a good view of both prey and preditor. It is not possible to get close (this image was taken with what would effectively be a 600mm lens on a 35mm camera) to an owl under these circumstances. However in the early spring and late fall, when they are not nesting, snowy owls tend to show up near town and when sitting on top of power poles they feel fairly safe from anything on the ground and can be approached much closer.
(Taken September 20, 2005 at 1/125 exposure and F11, using manual spot meter exposure using a Nikon 80-200mm F2.8 AF-ED lens at 200mm with a 2x focal extender.)
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