I made four trips out to the owl fields where this particular female has set up winter residence. I saw her three times in all. It was a new life-list bird for me as well as an exciting opportunity for some unique images. I also was able to guide my avid-birder daughter Nicole to this creature so that she too could add it to her life list.
I almost never had the chance to photograph this bird. Were it not for a persistent photo-friend badgering me via Facebook Messenger, to come out and see this owl, I wouldn't have these photos. That is a debt I owe and one which I must pay forward to someone new if the Snowys return this year.
I don't want to bore you but...
'Tis the season to start thinking about searching for this rare and elusive visitor to Minnesota. My special owl lens is on order and should arrive about the same time as the Snowys. With luck and perseverance there should be more owls I my future; in all of our futures.
...getting excited... Are you?