I love beautiful Snowy Owls. One late afternoon I was viewing this bird as she rubbed her head on an old drift wood log and stretched her wings into awkward positions (see tomorrow's photo). The lighting was ideal at that time, it was late afternoon, and as she slowly took off in flight I panned her with my 400 mm prime lens and was lucky to capture a detailed photo of this lovely creature. These birds desire privacy so it is possible that she simply got tired of looking at me, or she may have started her food search early that afternoon.
I once had a male snowy owl get upset and attacked me, but it probably wasn't a serious attack, more of a leave me alone gesture, but it did startle me. Capturing a unique photo of a snowy owl is difficult because they barely open their eyes during the brightness of day. They have large yellow eyes that serve them well for evening hunts. In our area we see them coming down from Canada about once every 7 years as the rodent food source dwindles in that country.
My original photo is on a crashed hard drive, this is a thumbnail image from my cp and as a result the make of camera, lens, and lens settings are not recorded. The camera was a Canon EOS 5D Mark II, 400 mm prime lens.
This photo was taken at Point Brown at Ocean Shores, Washington state, USA