The photograph of the month for April 2019 comes from my January scouting trip to northern Canada to photograph the majestic Snowy Owl in winter. This was my first trip to Canada (long overdue) and my first time photographing this magnificent bird. During my time in this part of Canada I spent the better part of two weeks searching for and photographing Snowy Owls. This particular photograph of a large female beautifully perched on a snow drift in a soft fog was taken during a severe cold snap with temperatures down around -30ºCelsius. I actually spotted the Owl from the side of the road and was able to approach relatively closely to where it was perched and then position myself to frame the shot with the included grass for balance. These sort of cold temperatures can be difficult to work in but the results can be absolutely stunning for those willing to make the effort.
I will be returning to this area of Canada at the end of this year to lead a small group of photographers on a workshop to photograph these fabulous birds. The 2019 workshop is long sold out – but I will very soon be announcing dates for January 2021. If you want to get the drop on the official announcement just drop me an email to register your interest (no obligation at this point).