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Rumors of snowy owl sightings in Wisconsin were enough for me to extend my trip home for the holidays and hope that I might get a chance to find one. I received a tip on a location where a snowy was spotted a few weeks ago and decided that was my best chance. I was not confident at all that I would see one, but a couple of days in the frozen windy marsh proved to be beyond worth it. Just after sunset I saw this beautiful snowy owl perched on the top of an old dead tree. Its back facing me, so focused on the ground that I feared it might never look back at me and I'll have to leave with only a photo of what appeared to be a headless owl... thankfully the bird was kind enough to oblige me with a quick over the back glance with its piercing yellow eyes. A few moments later it spotted something more interesting than myself and disappeared into the tall grasses. Very cool to have the opportunity to see this rare arctic visitor so far south.

Snowy Owl - Horicon Marsh - Horicon, Wisconsin

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AveragePhotographer Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2017  Hobbyist Photographer
Beautiful! 
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WhIppIng-b0y Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2017  Hobbyist
It's so cute :D
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MishaFay Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2015   Digital Artist
What a beautiful bird <3
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AliciaInWonderland21 Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2014  Student General Artist
Wow look at those eyes!  The last one I saw seemed to be sleepy and napping so not much eye action.  Great work!
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Acestra Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Perfect.
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LASKANWLF Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2013  Professional Photographer
Nice shot!! :clap:
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Evey-Eyes Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
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SilverVulpine Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Magnificent capture! :)
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DrewHopper Featured By Owner May 19, 2012  Professional Photographer
Excellent shot man. Loving your bird photography!
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Acception Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2012
Love it.!
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BlackDriger Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
I have always loved the Snowy Owl and this elegant photograph just reminds me as to why I do.
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StefyARH Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2012  Student General Artist
Gotta love those eyes!
wonderful animal, wonderful composition, wonderful photo!
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Nate-Zeman Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2012  Professional Photographer
thanks!
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Wolf-memories Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
So cute :)
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JurgendeWitte Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2012  Professional Photographer
A great sighting and a wonderful photograph! Congrats Nate!
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Nate-Zeman Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2012  Professional Photographer
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Robin-Hugh Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2012
Wow, glad for you !

Here in Québec it has been an invasion, and lots of problems with plenty of photographers feeding them with live mice, with lots of disturbances all the time. Now I avoid to go to watch them arround the big cities to avoid being the hundrest one with a big lense. It's cool when having the opportunity to see one and being able to have plenty of time to watch and eventually take pictures of a wild behaviour.

Great photo ! And beautiful branch :)
Congratulations !
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AdARDurden Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Stunning !!! Lucky You !! :)
Thanks for sharing !!! :D
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Nate-Zeman Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2012  Professional Photographer
Thank you!
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akibara Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2012
hi :happybounce: your photography has been featured > [link]
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Nate-Zeman Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2012  Professional Photographer
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Jim-From-Hell Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2012
Beautiful and classy bird!!!!
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Nate-Zeman Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2012  Professional Photographer
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Jim-From-Hell Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2012
Welcome :)
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Dieffi Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
i have featured this wonderful shot in my OWL-collection![link]

I hope you will agree and enjoy!:iconowlplz:
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Nate-Zeman Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2012  Professional Photographer
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KiRAWRa Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2012
oh wow, so beautiful :0
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Kimantha333 Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2012
Beautiful I would love to paint this sometime. The stark whiteness is so appealing.
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solefield Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Gorgeous!
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Nate-Zeman Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2012  Professional Photographer
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solefield Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
I don't have Facebook... do you have a Twitter page?
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Nate-Zeman Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2012  Professional Photographer
i do! its @natezemanphoto :)
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jona77 Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2012
Stunning work and well worth the wait
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Nate-Zeman Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2012  Professional Photographer
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Pale-Recluse Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Fantastic capture!
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natureguy Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Nate this is one of the BEST Snowy pics I have ever seen! Way to go Bud!

of course it's an INSTA Fave!
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Nate-Zeman Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2012  Professional Photographer
Thanks!
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wildfotog Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2012
Great picture and you just have to love the rare opportunity! :)
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Nate-Zeman Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2012  Professional Photographer
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KWLynch Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Beautifully minimalist with the white backdrop keeping the focus on the owl. Nicely composed and crisply shot. Love it! :+favlove: :)
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Nate-Zeman Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2012  Professional Photographer
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AraujaPhoto Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Wow what a shot, beautiful :) *
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bonefish Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Congrats on such a lovely shot of a rare visitor. Those yellow eyes are so sharp and intense. Props for having the patience and endurance to stake out the marsh in the middle of winter!
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Nate-Zeman Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2012  Professional Photographer
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bonefish Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Will add! Thank you for letting me know... I always enjoy seeing your work.
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Hagaren3 Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2012
OMG! I love the eyes against the white of the bird and the light blue of the sky. It really makes them the center of the shot. I love it!!!
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Nate-Zeman Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2012  Professional Photographer
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Hagaren3 Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2012
I do already! I look forward to ALL of your pics!!
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SMerle Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2012  Professional Photographer
gorgeous!
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