Snowy Owl (Nyctea scandiaca) is a popular but rare guest to
Denmark travelling all the way from the arctic countries near the North Pole where they
breed, setting off, probably stressed
by shortage of the favorite food, lemmings, flying out to find a better world, some of
them making it as far south as to the Danish countryside, this way ending up, like this
bird, in Slangerup, Sjælland .
A birder I was
talking to suggested that the low
buildings with their grey roofs probably were reminding the bird of the place
it set out from up north, giving a faint impression
of cliffs and stones.
Its not a very easy thing to
It is a different thing and a lot easier to accept
that a Snowy Owl feels at home with the low-land,
tundra-like range around Hanstholm, where the supervisor and I met with one of the two birds that have been reported there for more
than fourteen days this winter.
40 square kilometers of moor beautifully spread out in front of us making it fairly easy to spot the bird, the white comma in the low
In fact, having arrived there it took us
less than five minutes to find it with the Leicas.
A nice place. A strangely powerful and beautiful place too. Shortage of time and lack of light made it impossible to get the pictures we
wanted.. but we enjoyed every second of it.