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Ken Vail <[log in to unmask]>
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Tue, 25 Nov 2014 18:14:21 -0700
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Three Snowy Owls were still present this afternoon in the previously
reported areas.  I'm amazed at how quickly people respond to the posting.
There were 3 vehicles of birders looking at the owls two hours after my
original post.

I was, however, horrified to see someone carrying his camera and tripod
chasing the pure white owl across the field to get his "money" shot.  When
I last saw this owl it was 50 yards from the road; after the chase it was
probably 500 yards.

Reporting on these owls so that others may see these beautiful birds has
been a labor of love for me the past few years but I am now considering
keeping their presence to myself.

Aside from the fact that he was probably trespassing (neighbors have called
the police in the past rbecause of robberies in the area) he chased the owl
hundreds of yards farther from the view of other birders who stayed on the
road.  Snowy Owls are relatively tame birds and with patience close-up
shots are possible and easy. This is one owl that may not be so tame in the

Ken Vail

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