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Snowy Owl Photos

Photography by Terry Sohl

My Favorite: There may not be many advantages to living in South Dakota in winter, but the winter raptors are one of those advantages. Particularly when I travel to the central part of the state in and around the Fort Pierre National Grasslands, raptor numbers can be spectacular, as can be the variety of species. In amidst the Hawks, Falcons, and Eagles, however, you're always keeping your eyes open for that flash of white that might, just might, be a Snowy Owl.  Even after all of these years it still gets your heart racing when you happen across one.

My most memorable aggregate encounter with Snowy Owls was in December of 2011. There were at LEAST 20 (!!!!) individual Snowy Owls hanging around the immediate area of Lake Andes National Wildlife Refuge. I've never before seen such a density of Snowy Owls, and what was odd is that just driving a few miles away from Lake Andes and there aren't any to be found. But my fondest memory of a Snowy Owl encounter was with the owl below, from the "Spring Creek" area of Lake Oahe, in February of 2012. Memorable, because I've never been so close to a Snowy Owl, or had one act so "chill" around me. It was sitting on a sign post, and couldn't care less about my presence as I watched and photographed it for over an hour.

Snowy Owl - Bubo scandiacus

Snowy Owl - Bubo scandiacus

Snowy Owl - Bubo scandiacus

Snowy Owl - Bubo scandiacus

Snowy Owl - Bubo scandiacus

Snowy Owl 1

November 18th, 2006
Near Presho, South Dakota

Snowy Owl 2

January 4th, 2009
Fort Pierre National Grasslands, South Dakota

Snowy Owl 3

November 18th, 2006
Near Presho, South Dakota

Snowy Owl 4

January 4th, 2009
Fort Pierre National Grasslands, South Dakota

Snowy Owl - Bubo scandiacus

Snowy Owl - Bubo scandiacus

Snowy Owl - Bubo scandiacus

Snowy Owl - Bubo scandiacus

Snowy Owl 5

January 4th, 2009
Fort Pierre National Grasslands, South Dakota

Snowy Owl 6

January 4th, 2009
Fort Pierre National Grasslands, South Dakota

Snowy Owl 7

January 4th, 2009
Fort Pierre National Grasslands, South Dakota

Snowy Owl 8

January 4th, 2009
Fort Pierre National Grasslands, South Dakota

Snowy Owl - Bubo scandiacus

Snowy Owl - Bubo scandiacus

Snowy Owl - Bubo scandiacus

Snowy Owl - Bubo scandiacus

Snowy Owl 9

December 23rd, 2011
Near Lake Andes National Wildlife Refuge, South Dakota

Snowy Owl 10

December 23rd, 2011
Near Lake Andes National Wildlife Refuge, South Dakota

Snowy Owl 11

December 23rd, 2011
Near Lake Andes National Wildlife Refuge, South Dakota

Snowy Owl 12

December 23rd, 2011
Near Lake Andes National Wildlife Refuge, South Dakota

Snowy Owl - Bubo scandiacus

Snowy Owl - Bubo scandiacus

Snowy Owl - Bubo scandiacus

Snowy Owl - Bubo scandiacus

Snowy Owl 13

December 30th, 2011
Near Lake Andes National Wildlife Refuge, South Dakota

Snowy Owl 14

December 30th, 2011
Near Lake Andes National Wildlife Refuge, South Dakota

Snowy Owl 15

December 30th, 2011
Near Lake Andes National Wildlife Refuge, South Dakota

Snowy Owl 16

December 30th, 2011
Near Lake Andes National Wildlife Refuge, South Dakota
 
Snowy Owl - Bubo scandiacus Snowy Owl - Bubo scandiacus Snowy Owl - Bubo scandiacus Snowy Owl - Bubo scandiacus

Snowy Owl 17

December 30th, 2011
Near Lake Andes National Wildlife Refuge, South Dakota

Snowy Owl 18

December 30th, 2011
Near Lake Andes National Wildlife Refuge, South Dakota

Snowy Owl 19

December 30th, 2011
Near Lake Andes National Wildlife Refuge, South Dakota

Snowy Owl 20

December 30th, 2011
Near Lake Andes National Wildlife Refuge, South Dakota
Snowy Owl - Bubo scandiacus Snowy Owl - Bubo scandiacus Snowy Owl - Bubo scandiacus Snowy Owl - Bubo scandiacus

Snowy Owl 21

February 17th, 2012
Near Spring Creek area of Lake Oahe, South Dakota

Snowy Owl 22

February 17th, 2012
Near Spring Creek area of Lake Oahe, South Dakota

Snowy Owl 23

February 17th, 2012
Near Spring Creek area of Lake Oahe, South Dakota

Snowy Owl 24

January 1st, 2013
Near Kennebec, South Dakota
Snowy Owl - Bubo scandiacus Snowy Owl - Bubo scandiacus Snowy Owl - Bubo scandiacus Snowy Owl - Bubo scandiacus

Snowy Owl 25

February 2nd, 2014
Sioux Falls, South Dakota

Snowy Owl 26

February 2nd, 2014
Sioux Falls, South Dakota

Snowy Owl 27

February 2nd, 2014
Sioux Falls, South Dakota

Snowy Owl 28

February 2nd, 2014
Sioux Falls, South Dakota
Snowy Owl - Bubo scandiacus Snowy Owl - Bubo scandiacus    

Snowy Owl 29

February 2nd, 2014
Sioux Falls, South Dakota

Snowy Owl 30

February 2nd, 2014
Sioux Falls, South Dakota
   

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