Saturday, 21st April 2012
by Stephen Oachs
The Snowy Owl (Bubo scandiacus), also known as the Arctic Owl, or Great White Owl, is a beautiful, majestic bird of prey that is well-suited for the cold arctic regions they inhabit, ranging across the northern regions of Greenland, Scandinavia, Russia, Alaska and Canada.
Their feathers have no pigment, leaving more space for air, which is an excellent insulator, helping them to keep warm (and cool) as needed for their climate. The female plumage is more visually decorative, speckled with thin horizontal bars or spots, however, the male's spectacular plumage is almost purely white.
Snowy owls are known to sit still and silent for long hours, waiting for their prey — with lemmings being a favorite. An adult owl can eat 3-5 lemmings a day (up to 1,600 per year).
This photograph captures a rare occurrence of three females that have amicably perched together. One reason for this cautious tolerance is because the food source is plentiful and there is less competition...for the moment.
Equipment: Canon 7D with Canon 800mm
Stephen W. Oachs is an award-winning photographer, successful entrepreneur and technology veteran who began his journey in photography the moment he picked up his first camera.
Completely self-taught, Stephen's unique and distinctive style has earned him recognition as one of today's finest nature photographers. He was recognized in 2007 as wildlife photographer of the year by the National Wildlife Federation and was awarded best nature photographer in 2008 by National Geographic.
Stephen has received many other awards and achievements. His work has graced the pages of such notable publications such as National Geographic, Popular Photography, Outdoor Photographer, National Wildlife Magazine and many others.
In 2009 Stephen founded The Aperture Academy, a unique combination of fine art photography gallery in conjunction with classroom and workshop instruction. Students of the Aperture Academy recieve hands on instruction designed for their individual skill level which includes everything from learning to shoot in the field to digital post processing techniques.
Whether trekking through the wilds of Alaska, enduring the raw challenges of nature or experiencing the thrill of life on the edge, Stephen captures rare and breathtaking moments of light and time. His exceptional eye is filtered only by his passion for life, deep affinity with nature and love of adventure.