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Snowy owl, Whitby

Postby mr.sharp-photo » Fri Dec 02, 2011 4:14 pm

I'm posting these photos for 2 reasons:

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First, if you're a photographer and you're taking a trip JUST to get a picture of the snowy, don't bother.

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But the main reason that I'm posting it is because I think its incredibly amazing that we have a snowy owl that's a 2 minute drive from the 401!

*edit* the discussions below won't make any sense, since P1Guy stirred the pot, was his usual jerk self and then removed all of his rude posts out of cowardice.
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Re: Snowy owl, Whitby

Postby lovemypt » Fri Dec 02, 2011 8:26 pm

Just a follow-up to your note...yes the owl is a bit too far to get that "up-close" shot with a small lens, but I wouldn't disregard going if you are still hoping for a shot of a bird not normally seen much. I took this on a cloudy day with a 500mm and had to crop abit..... it is not the greatest but I am happy for what I got

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Re: Snowy owl, Whitby

Postby mr.sharp-photo » Sat Dec 03, 2011 8:16 am

Its amazing what a sunny day and another 100 mm do :)
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Re: Snowy owl, Whitby

Postby P1Guy » Sat Dec 03, 2011 5:54 pm

JKLMO
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Re: Snowy owl, Whitby

Postby mr.sharp-photo » Sun Dec 04, 2011 12:45 am

yeah, you are 100% correct.
Snowy owls are commonly found in cities, usually shopping in large malls or hailing cabs.

next time i go birding, i'll bring my 80000 mm lens and give you a call, smartass.
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Re: Snowy owl, Whitby

Postby P1Guy » Sun Dec 04, 2011 6:28 am

[quote="mr.sharp-photo"]yeah, you are 100% correct.
JKLMO
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Re: Snowy owl, Whitby

Postby jackbreakfast » Sun Dec 04, 2011 11:37 am

Hello Richard

It was very kind of you to post this, as an effort to save Torontonians the drive, particularly if they were hoping to get a reasonable photograph. I long debated the situation with my ladyfriend, saying things like this: "Well, Whitby isn't exactly next door and the owl is far away but how often does one see a snowy owl and we've never seen one before and now at least we know what to expect" and so forth, although perhaps not exactly in those words. Not able to resist a snowy owl right off the 401, as you say, we drove out there yesterday and were delighted to see the bird in a tree, unperturbed by a squawking, diving herring gull. So again Richard, we both thank you.

Lucky for me, I've always had a sense of humour, which is a very handy worm to have in one's beak. One need only look back at your "Happy Victoria Day" work to know that you are a man of style and humour. I've been enjoying your posts for a long while now. The good thing about humour, as you already know, is that it will keep you young while the rest of the tight-assed world gets old...

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Re: Snowy owl, Whitby

Postby P1Guy » Sun Dec 04, 2011 2:52 pm

JKLIMO
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Re: Snowy owl, Whitby

Postby Ann Brokelman » Sun Dec 04, 2011 4:14 pm

Richard I also enjoyed taking photos a the Whitby Harbour. It is such a thrill to see a snowy owl at a location where she is safe and well visable.

Nice shots.

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Re: Snowy owl, Whitby

Postby MEGHAN » Sun Dec 04, 2011 8:41 pm

I'm removing my crazy rant because I do not feel it is necessary for it to remain on this post
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Re: Snowy owl, Whitby

Postby mr.sharp-photo » Sun Dec 04, 2011 10:18 pm

Meghan and Jack,
Its appreciated what both of you say.

While I'd love to get into a pissing match with an elite birder and photographer like Mr Veltri, there's little or no need for it. That isn't what this site is about.
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Re: Snowy owl, Whitby

Postby Rob'in'To » Mon Dec 05, 2011 8:26 am

Speaking for myself only here and not directed at anybody reading this... I personally make it about the birds when I go out. I like to go look at birds, and well, really any sort of wildlife, from tiny insects to White-tailed Deer (largest animals in the area). And I love to take photos. If I get a great shot, wonderful! If not, I am happy I had a great outing, with some great sightings, and I share my pics with friends anyways to show them what is around us if they open their eyes and ears and keep their mouths shut.

The bird photo corner shouldn`t be about egos and who is taking the best photos of all within it`s members. I am sure many of us cannot afford the best equipment available. And not all of us grasp all the intricate settings on a digital camera. And most of us take photos for fun. We all want a great shot but skill levels, equipment and the simple fact that our subjects aren`t always a co-operative bunch; but that`s part of the challenge and fun. We learn as we go along and we improve through different situations such as weather and lighting, moving subjects, etc.

But it`s cool to share pics. If anything, if it`s a great sighting, take the shot, even as proof. And share it with the board here. You may not get tons of replies like the pros here but some of us appreciate them anyways. Just make it interesting, something unique, have a story to it.

I went and saw the Whitby Snowy Owl last Monday and it was a great morning. The skies were dark, the Snowy was far off as we all know and my 250mm lens sure couldn`t capture her all that good but I met a friend out there for a short visit which is always nice. In my travels of the area I happened to run into a member from the board here that I have had a few message exchanges with over the last 6 months, so it was great to put a face to the name, and we walked a trail together, talked a short while and parted ways.

Here is what I saw, cropped to heck pics, bad lighting at times, and a rush job working them through Photobucket; but man, it was one of the best outings I had recently...

First off, the main reason I drove out to Whitby
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The Owl wasn`t there at first, so I walked along the shores heading east and found this guy... a Snow Bunting, and watched him for many minutes. A lifer for me!
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I have seen captive Snow Geese but here was a wild one amongst probably 1,000+ Canada Geese in a field. Another lifer to me (I don`t count seeing captive anything as lifers).
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I was hand feeding dozens of Chickadees when this guy flew in hoping for a snack of his own.
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Since I was in the area, I had a visit at Thickson Woods and saw the resident Great Horned. Sure we have all seen him but since this area is 40 minutes drive for me on a good day, it was nice to see him. Great Horns just don`t pop out at me everywhere I go.
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I saw a Northern Shrike at Salem and Hwy 401 while waiting at a stop light.
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And who doesn`t like sitting at another stop light and seeing a Red-tail out their driver`s window?
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It definitely wasn`t a quality picture taking morning but the best outing in recent weeks and I have pics for me as proof and reminder another day I look at older photos on the computer.
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Re: Snowy owl, Whitby

Postby Irene » Wed Dec 07, 2011 10:48 pm

Looks like I missed the fireworks, which is ok!
Great finds for everyone...
I was out at the Toronto zoo last weekend and much to my surprise (the zoo website said the Snowy Owl Exhibit was closed) it was not! so I got a few shots of our favorite elusive hooter and went back to photographing the wolves while they howled...it was awesome...
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Re: Snowy owl, Whitby

Postby angieinto » Thu Dec 08, 2011 4:52 am

Seems I missed the fireworks too. Lovely pics from all, and regarding the fireworks, makes me glad I don't even carry a camera when I go birding. :P
Was thrilled to see the Whitby Snowy through my bins, it was only the second time I've seen one in the wild.
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