Snowy’s Departure, Quebec, Canada.

A male snowy owl on a cold winter afternoon kicking up some snow as he takes off
Photographer: Jose Albero Terrebonne, Canadian Member since 2014.
Awards Photo of the Day: Copyright: © Jose Albero. All rights reserved.
Image Source: digitalDate.
Photo Location: Quebec, Canada
Source: Snowy Departure | Smithsonian Photo Contest | Smithsonian

Endangered: Burrowing Owls.

Montana’s Fish, Wildlife and Parks lists the bird as “potentially at risk because of limited and/or declining numbers, range and/or habitat, even though it may be abundant in some areas.” The Forest Service and BLM consider the owl a sensitive species. (Courtesy photo)
GLASGOW, Mont. — Just like retirees traveling south to escape the snowy winter, two female burrowing owls have been documented traveling almost 2,000 miles to central Mexico from Eastern Montana for the first time.
“Now we’re learning more about how incredible these birds are,” said David Johnson, of the Global Owl Project.
Last year, GLOW fitted 30 burrowing owls in the Northwest and Canada — including three from the Charles M. Russell National Wildlife Refuge in Montana — with tiny backpacks containing satellite transmitters.
The devices track their migration routes and destinations in an attempt to give researchers insight into the birds’ population decline.
No one has completed a survey to arrive at a population number for the birds in Montana, according to Steve Huffman, executive director of Montana Audubon.
“If you polled a bunch of owl experts, though, you’d probably find the range of the species is declining and Montana is no exception to that,” he said.
In Canada the bird is listed as an endangered species because of “habitat loss and fragmentation, road kills, pesticides, food shortage, fewer burrow providers and mortality on migration and wintering areas,” according to Parks Canada.
Read on via Birds with backpacks: Study tracks flight of burrowing owls –

“The Owls are Back”.


Austin Thomas
Owls are absolutely stunning creatures – their deep and piercing eyes and haunting hoots are the stuff of myths and folktales.
Perhaps that’s why we love these beautiful owl photos so much!
Paul Bannick
Since ancient times, owls have captured the imaginations of various cultures as harbingers of death, doom, bad omens, or wisdom.
For rodents, some of these portents are true – owls are excellent and highly adapted hunters with excellent hearing, sharp night-time vision, silent wings and deadly talons.
They rarely miss their mark.
If you have any beautiful owl photos, we’d love it if you added them to this list and voted for your favorites as well!
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See more Images via 25+ Majestic Owls Caught On Camera | Bored Panda.

“Wise Owls” by Sasi Smith of Thailand.

Smith2Owls are known around the world as a symbol of wisdom and beauty, which Thai photographer Sasi Smith intuitively captures in his mesmerizing photographs.
Smith is an experienced cameraman who focuses mainly on parrots, but he also has a vast collection of owl images that are both adorable and captivating.
This type of photography can be especially challenging, since owls are known for their camouflage, but the dedicated artist has the ability to capture the enchanting huge eyes, extreme fluffiness, and lovely heart-shaped faces that make the owls the magnificent creatures that they are.
Smith has taken photos of many different and unique species of owl, helping to show that there are close to 200 species of the gorgeous bird on Earth.
They are separated by the categories of “true owls” and “barn owls,” with barn owls being known for their distinctly cute, heart-shaped facial appearance.
See more via Photographer Captures the Mesmerizing Spirit of Adorably Wise Owls – My Modern Met.

Owls of the Czech Republic by Allerlei.

Birds-by-Allerlei-6Featured here are some beautiful photographs captured by Allerlei, who comes from the Czech Repbulic.
She is a young and impressive photographer who is truly an artist, professional scout and incredibly talented  geek.
She takes pictures of a range of wildlife and doesn’t restrict herself to only one animal.
We have also featured another post on Photography Heat: Wild Cats by Allerlei.
Via: [Allerlei.Devianart]
See more via Attractive Birds Photography by Allerlei | Photography Heat –

Great Gray Owl by Steve Mattheis.

Great Gray Owl.
The great gray owl (Strix nebulosa) is a very large owl, documented as the world’s largest species of owl by length.
It is distributed across the Northern Hemisphere, and it is the only species in the Strix genus found in both Eastern and Western Hemispheres.
In some areas it is also called the Phantom of the North, cinereous owl, spectral owl, Lapland owl, spruce owl, bearded owl, and sooty owl.
Image Credit: Photograoh by Steve Mattheis / Audubon Photography Awards / 2017 Professional Winner.
Source: 2017 Audubon Photography Awards – The Atlantic