Waiting for Krahnpix

Being an introvert snowy owl is nice but it can get lonely. Day and night I’m out in the winter cold all by myself. We snowy owls tend not to hang out with each other for reasons that escape me now. But we’ve always done it this way so there’s no reason to change.

Despite what appears like a monastic-type existence, I enjoy promoting myself and seeing my photos. If there were a social media site for snowy owls, I’d be all over it. So I do the next best thing – I search for photographers to take my photo, hoping to get noticed.


Here I am flying over Lyle’s truck hoping he will notice me.

Most people think I’m either hunting or sleeping all day but it simply isn’t true – at least the hunting part. Finding mice is easy, finding photographers is difficult. But I’ve learned a few tricks along the way.

One of the best places to get discovered is on poles along busy roadways but it’s still not easy. I’ll plant my white body on a dark pole and wait. Given all the passing vehicles, I’m sure there must be plenty of photographers who missed me. Sometimes I get bored and nap.

When I guess that a vehicle might contain a photographer, I’ll sometimes do a fly over in hopes that the movement will catch their eye. Then it’s back to the pole to wait. There’s no use standing in the snow since no one can see me with my camouflage and it’s a bit chilly on the talons.

When a photographer finally shows up, I try to strut my stuff. Last week I finally found a photographer. The guy took a few photos and seemed to like what he saw. With any luck I’ll make it on to Krahnpix. What a thrill that would be!


I don’t need to practice this stern look, it comes naturally to me. 


I hope that photographer catches my best side. 

Latest Comments

  1. KerryCan says:

    Fabulous photos but the writing adds so much to the post! My first time here–I like it all!


  2. wooclipmovie says:

    interesting animals


  3. dda53 says:

    That’s a real beauty! Perhaps one day I will be able to see one.


  4. Phil Lanoue says:

    Absolutely outstanding photos of these beauties! I can only dream…


  5. hannele says:

    With this kind of blog post, I’m tempted to just give you he name of my blog (alternative viewpoints) – you do seem to deserve it more than me! Nice way to tell a story; and stunning photos, as usual. Well done, both photographer and model!


  6. Dalo 2013 says:

    Incredible photos Lyle ~ the last one is such a great capture. Nothing like being able to return home with something great to show 🙂


  7. niasunset says:

    So beautiful photographs dear Lyle, and what a lovely bird, I love them. Thank you, have a nice new week, Love, nia


  8. Garden Walk Garden Talk says:

    Cute post. They do sit on poles quite a bit, like at airports. Seeing them fly is a treat. Our birding group does not let the photographers disturb the birds into flight, and that means all we see is the owls sitting in the snow, usually at a long distance. You were fortunate to get the beautiful shots of flight.


    • Lyle Krahn says:

      I am fortunate indeed. They certainly have a lot of patience to sit on a pole and wait. They look so much more impressive in the air since their wings spread out so much.


  9. MJF Images says:

    Awesome Lyle! And switching the viewpoint was such a good idea.


  10. Steve Gingold says:

    Great shots, Lyle.


  11. Gunta says:

    You are so very accommodating! Such a patient owl to wait for you to come along with your camera.


  12. Tuxedo Sophisticated Cat says:

    These are gorgeous. I’d love to see a snowy owl in the wild sometime.


  13. the Ordinary Hiker says:

    Really nice photo op.


  14. Lavinia Ross says:

    Striking photos of this snowy owl, and I love his viewpoint! You capture not only the image, but the spirit and personality of bird.

    I have closeups of the nutria (as close as I can get) posted now so you can compare with your Melicia muskrat. According to the USGS world distribution map, apparently there are some nutria in Canada, over in Ontario in the Ottowa River watershed area.


  15. Ross Gardner says:

    Very impressive shots.


  16. bcsongbird says:

    Awesome pictures of this gorgeous bird. And the owl’s viewpoint was great too!


  17. Hillechien says:

    What a beautiful pictures of this majestic bird.


  18. Seenorway says:

    What beautiful shots, Lyle! I think you ought to bring some breakfast to the table? A fat rat from your barn would be greatly appreciated!


  19. Jeff Bell says:

    Mr. Snowy Owl, you look great in these photos. I like your strategy to stand on poles on busy roads and to fly over cars. I am sure you will get noticed this way.


  20. de Wets Wild says:

    What a spectacular creature, and expertly photographed!


  21. David says:

    Great photos and story.


  22. Alison says:

    You certainly did capture that owl’s best side. What a beauty! He is lucky to have such a talented photographer find him. I hope all the “Likes” he racks up don’t go to his head!


  23. Melinda Kucsera says:

    I really enjoyed your post. It’s so creative .


  24. BuntyMcC says:

    Superb shots. I’ve never seen one.


  25. Patrizia M. says:

    Bellissime foto, il gufo è splendido. Bella l’idea di dare voce al gufo per parlare delle sue abitudini.
    Saluti, Patrizia


  26. Mike Powell says:

    Wow. You definitely need to be hired as the Snowy Owl public relations spokesman and photographer. Most of us would be thrilled with the wonderful portrait on the post, but you really raised the bar with the perfect in-flight shots that show the wings to maximum effect (and with blue skies). Your snowy owl has rock star potential–I am glad he finally got your attention.


  27. Scott Marshall says:

    I saw an Owl on Hogmanay heading back from the Aurora shoot. It was on a fence post by the road as the car passed by – of course it immediately disappeared. Which got me thinking how many stuffed owls does Lyle have? And what must his overheads be in bendy wire :p


  28. Jody Rossel says:

    Enjoyed reading your post. Owls are beautiful, majestic birds. Lovely photos!

    Liked by 2 people

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