- Posted November 16, 2012 by
Surrey, British Columbia
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The Snowy Owls are back!
- Anika3, CNN iReport producer
Just a handful of them made it, one died of exhaustion and one is in animal Hospital near death. Every year, the juveniles start flying south as their hunting skills are not yet developed enough, and they could not survive the harsh winters in the tundra. After flying thousands of miles they came here tired, exhausted and hungry, few survive this grueling ordeal.
They are a wonderful and welcomed sight for us Vancouverites that are not used seeing them this close.
Last year, the word got out and hundreds of people showed up from as far as Europe to see them, unfortunately, it turned into a Zoo and many people did not respect these beautiful birds, getting too close to them and scaring them away. They do not remember that these birds are exhausted and hungry, they try to conserve energy by sitting on logs and resting all day. Flying is a huge demand on the little energy they still have.
We, as responsible photographers, do not approach them; we stay on the dyke at a reasonable distance and use our powerful lenses to bring them close.
I have taken a few shots and would like to share them with everyone.