The Many Faces of Hedwig

The crow wished everything was black, the owl, that everything was white.

~William Blake

Those of you that know me probably know I had to look up the name of Harry Potter’s pet Snowy Owl, just to be sure I used it correctly in the title. Oh well, at least I am trying to fit in…

The following images are highly cropped ones from my 500mm lens and 1.4x teleconverter on my Canon 7D. So, just to be clear, I was not as close as these photos make it appear. As I said in yesterday’s post, I was lucky enough to spend well over an hour alone with a Snowy Owl at Cape Hatteras this week. A true privilege. Which face do you like best?

Snowy Owl profile - sleepy

Sleepy eyes (click photos to enlarge)

Snowy Owl profile - the stretch

Doing owl yoga

Snowy Owl profile - left, eyes closed

Look to the right

Snowy Owl profile - right 1

Now look to the left

Snowy Owl profile - what's that?

What the heck is that?

Snowy Owl profile - check out those eyes

Those eyes…

Snowy Owl profile - what eyes?

What eyes?

Snowy Owl profile - preening foot, talons showing

Cleaning my feet

Snowy Owl profile - the look after prening straight ahead

You would look this way too if you had to clean your feet with your mouth