It being the eve of Christmas I thought how appropriate would it be to show a bird with a love for the cold. This is a Snowy Owl. A beautiful bird and a first for myself photographing it. It is an immature bird as seen by its spotty plumage. The adult form is pure white.
As the sun began to rise and the snowy owl looked in my direction and the drama of the image increased dramatically. It is a bit difficult when it comes to contrast with a bird like this and a background being so dark; however I made it work.
Trust me those highlights are not blown.
From time to time he/she would open his eyes a bit wider. Showing off his/her beautiful eyes in the golden hour of sunlight. It was such a treat to experience a bird you'd normally have to fly/drive very long distances to see.
One thing we must exercise especially on a day like today with all the hustle and bustle is patience and understanding. Birds like these often attract a lot of attention and many will storm up to it harassing it for an image. It is important to remember that they (the subjects) are giving us the opportunity to photograph them. So please if you come across something as magnificent as this or any fauna give it space and take your time. If it looks irritated STOP do not proceed. Nature gives us signals and we just might not notice them.
With that I want to wish everyone a happy holiday. Try not to put on the pounds preventing you to get back out there this holiday season!