FOLLOW ME NORTH
We’re excited to guide you on a Snowy Owl search in Ontario, just 2 hours north of Toronto! These owls are striking to photograph amongst the winter landscapes. Unlike most owls, Snowy’s are daytime hunters and we’ll have many opportunities to witness these magical arctic ghosts. We may even get lucky and witness other owls while on this trip. Previously, we’ve seen Barred Owls and even Short-Eared Owls!
This 2 day excursion will be in February 2020 around the Kingston, Ontario area. This will be open to a very small group of people (2 - 3 people per workshop). Each participant should share the same ethics as we do while searching for wildlife. Absolutely no baiting or stressing of any animal will be tolerated.
This workshop is intended to be fairly accessible as we’ll be searching from the comforts of our vehicles, at most times. However, proper winter attire will be needed in case minor trekking through deep snow is required. It’s not unlikely to experience extreme weather conditions; including bone chilling temperatures, extreme wind and blizzard-like conditions. This workshop will run in all weather conditions and we believe it’ll provide you the best photography learning experience.
This snowy owl workshop will also include a Lightroom photo editing class in the evening on the first day. We will be meeting back at our hotel to review our editing processes. Bring your laptops, if available, with (preferably) Lightroom installed. We will help you edit some of yourfavourite workshop photos. Or just follow along with our editing tutorialsand bring your new knowledge home with you.
Schedule of Activities
Day 1 - Meet at pre-determined location in the early morning, just before sunrise. Over breakfast we’ll discuss ideal camera settings before our adventure begins. We’ll be seeking, and shooting, from first light 'til the sun sets. Then we’ll break for dinner and meet up in the later evening for a photo editing session.
Day 2 - Check out of hotel and meet at a pre-determined location in the morning once again. We’ll seek new areas or may even return to some favourite locations from the day before. We’ll break later in the afternoon and say our sad goodbyes.
Bring your longest lens for the best viewing opportunity
Extra Batteries - batteries die much faster in the cold
Binoculars (suggested, not required)
Laptop with editing software installed
*Please note that if you don't have some of the equipment listed above you’ll still learn a lot and it will only entice you to add to your gear list when you get home. Remember, these are recommended suggestions, but not absolutely required to join our workshop.
Recommended Personal Items:
Thermos for some hot beverages
Snacks, sandwiches, pack a lunch.
Warm, snuggly winter clothing - base layers, extra socks, waterproof outerwear
Warming heat packs for hands and toes
Meals, Accommodations and Travel
All meals, accommodations and travel are the responsibility of each workshop participant and are not included in the workshop fee.
Workshop fees are non-refundable. Please be sure that you are able to attend prior to purchasing your spot. If for any reason, you are unable to attend the workshop you may sell you ticket to another party.
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* Please email us to request the workshop dates that you'd like to attend.
February 5-6, 2020 - (3 spots left)
February 12-13, 2020 - (3 spots left)
February 19-20, 2020 - (3 spots left)
February 26-27, 2020 - (3 spots left)
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About Snowy Owls - National Geographic
When you see a snowy owl, it's clear how the bird probably got its name: they're snow-white. Males are generally whiter than females. As males grow older, they get whiter. The females never become completely white—remaining brownish with darker markings.
These large owls mainly live in the Arctic in open, treeless areas called tundra. Snowy owls perch on the ground or on short posts. From there they patiently watch for prey. Their favorite target is lemmings—small mouselike rodents—but they also hunt for other small rodents, rabbits, birds, and fish.
Snowy owls have excellent eyesight, but they obviously can't see their prey when it's underneath snow or a thick layer of plants. To capture those meals, the owl relies on its other keen sense: hearing.
In flight, snowy owls generally cruise low to the ground. Once they spot their prey, they approach it from the air, and snatch it up using the large, sharp talons, or claws, on their feet.
Most owls sleep during the day and hunt at night, but the snowy owl is active during the day, especially in the summertime. They tend to be most active at dawn and dusk.
Snowy owl pairs usually mate for life. Female snowy owls lay from 3 to 11 eggs at a time, in a nest built on the ground. When there is plenty of food available, snowy owls tend to lay more eggs than when food is scarce.
Lemmings make up the main part of the snowy owls' diet, and lemming population numbers rise and fall naturally. Sometimes, if there is not enough prey around to feed baby owls, the adult pair won't lay any eggs at all until the supply of food improves.
The female snowy owl sits on her eggs until they hatch. The male feeds her while she keeps their eggs warm and safe. After about one month, the eggs hatch.
Babies are covered in soft white down when they hatch. As new feathers replace the down, the birds become light brown.
The young leave the nest less than a month after they hatch. By the time they're about a month and a half old, the young owls can fly well, but their parents take care of them for another ten weeks or more.