Photo taken at Point Brown, Washington USA
I had been chasing Snowy owls for approximately 5 months when I took this photo. It is very difficult to get a unique photo of these birds, during the day they are resting from their night hunts, they usually don't move much, and they keep their eyes closed because of the brightness of daylight. Periodically they will crack open their eyes to check for danger.
I had crawled into camera range on this bird as she was resting on a log. I had been observing her for about 15 minutes when all of a sudden she jumped straight up into the air. It startled me but I snapped a quick photo and then turned around, rather irritated, to see who had walked up behind me and scared the bird, but no one was there? Finally, I saw that two black bumble bees had buzzed her. That had scared her and caused her to hover in the air, it made for a very unique photo. If you look closely you can see one of the bees to the right of the dark twig and I believe the other is directly below her. In hindsight I was lucky with this photo, I barely got all of her into the upper part of the frame. Considering the distance and her sudden movement, I was happy with the performance of my new 400 mm lens.
Canon EOS 5D Mark II