Friday, January 8, 2016
Snowy owl photobombs Montreal traffic camera
In a sea of white, one thing stood out on a recent snowy Montreal morning: a snowy owl in flight, soaring toward a fortunately placed traffic camera.
The majestic creature is seen flying toward the traffic camera, which sits atop the intersection of Autoroute 40 and the Boulevard des Sources in Montreal's West Island.
During an interview with CBC, McGill Bird Observatory director Barbara Frei posits that the creature was likely looking for a place to perch.
"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," she explains.
Fittingly, the snowy owl is the provincial bird of Quebec. The small creatures are found throughout North America and Eurasia, feeding on small rodents. The owl is known to swallow its prey whole, digesting its unlucky meal with its potent stomach acid.