Snowy Owls of Canada 2019 Scouting Trip Report

In January of 2019 I travelled to northern Canada to scout a new trip to photograph Snowy Owls in winter. This was actually my first time to Canada (although I am returning later this year in late December) and I thoroughly enjoyed the winter experience. I managed to time my experience in Canada jut about perfectly as it coincided with a severe cold snap of weather that provided some wonderful opportunities (albeit in very cold conditions).

The landscape in the part of Canada I chose to photograph the owl wouldn’t be described as visually spectacular, but it was absolutely ideal for the task at hand, with flat snow covered farm land serving as the perfect environment to photograph this truly amazing bird.

For those of you who are joining me for this new Snowy Owl workshop in December I am pleased to say that the location is just about perfect with a number of different birds (around half a dozen or so) in the local area.

Snowy Owls are wonderful birds to photograph and of all the species I have photographed around the world they are most definitely my favourite. The combination of their white plumage with mottled markings and glowing, iridescent yellow eyes set against a backdrop of soft snow is just gorgeous and makes for superb imagery.

I have uploaded a small portfolio of photographs from my scouting trip to my main website here: Snowy Owls of Canada

My new Snowy Owl workshop in December this year is long Sold out, but I will be repeating this new workshop again in January of 2021 and bookings are now open. I will only be taking a total of five photographers so if you are interested in photographing this magnificent bird then please drop me an email to register your interest. Places are strictly limited and once spoken for thats it. Just drop me an email to register your interest (no obligation at this point).

Photo of the Month April 2019 – The Magic of the Snowy Owl

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).

Arctic Winter Progress 2019 – Heading for Finland

Today I wrapped up my two weeks scouting in Canada photographing Snowy Owls. These incredible birds are one of the most photogenic I have had the pleasure to photograph and I am very much looking forward to returning this December for my Sold Out workshop. For those of you who missed out on the 2019 trip I have now secured dates for January 2021 and will return to Canada to lead a small group of just five photographers to photograph these magnificent owls. If you would like to get the drop and secure an early place please just drop me an email.

I am now headed to Northern Finland to lead my Winter workshop for Wolverine, Wolves and winter trees. I was last in Finland in September last year as guest speaker at the big Nature festival in Kuusamo and am very much looking forward to returning in time for more Arctic weather!

Iceberg in Antarctica