I drove out to the provincial park early in the morning to visit with the owls and spent some time with this group that was perched on some driftwood.
I was amused by the owl in the background on the left...he kept his eyes on me most of the time. I decided to focus on the pair of owls on the left.
Eventually the owl in the back flew off, leaving his buddy to observe me casually with one eye while he roosted.
Snowy owls weren't the only owls that I saw during my visit to Boundary Bay. I was also treated to a short-eared owl's hunting session as it flew over the field along the dyke, gracefully dipping into the high grasses occasionally but never catching anything. It was my first-ever short-eared owl sighting.
Short-Eared Owl Hunting
The owl was a fair distance away so I've cropped this picture down considerably. I love the way he matches the golden tones of the field in the early morning sun.
The owl didn't manage to catch anything while I was watching though. He didn't have a chance...a pesky crow came along and chased him off. The two of them flew off into the distance.
Crow Chasing Owl
I've seen crows (usually gangs of them) chase off hawks many times but this was my first time seeing a crow pursuing an owl.