A Magnificent snowy owl in full flight was captured on a traffic camera. The picture is one of a series taken by a CCTV camera on Highway 40 in the West Island of Montreal, on 3 January.
The Quebec Transport Minister, Robert Poetin, then shared the photos on Twitter, writing:
“Magnificent snowy owl picked up by surveillance cameras of the road network on the A-40 in the West of MTL.”
Speaking to CBC on an interview Barbara Frei, director of the McGill Bird Observatory, said that the bird was likely looking for somewhere to perch:
“I think these birds are attracted specifically to the highway because it has open, grassy fields nearby which is perfect for hunting their favourite prey, which is small rodents,” she said. “They like to get a good lay of the land and the high lamp posts or other posts that they can perch on while hunting just suits them perfectly.”
Although the bird breeds only in the arctic tundra of Quebec, in winter, they tend to migrate further south. And snowy owl is an official symbol of Quebec therefore is protected from hunters in Canada.
There are similar but rare occasions when snowy owls like this one were captured on camera by photographers; such as Marc Latremouille, who are brave enough to stand the freezing polar snow just to capture images of this rare white owls in flight mode.
And just for a reminder; The Owl is a bird used symbol of higher wisdom from the order Strigiformes, which includes about 200 species of mostly solitary and nocturnal birds of prey typified by an upright stance, a large, broad head,binocular vision, binaural hearing, sharp talons and feathers adapted for silent flight. They are found in all regions of the Earth except Antarctica and some remote islands.