Photographers capture the perfect moment. Depending on what you’re catching, that moment may be a second too fast to snap or an hour every fifty years. Moments are therefore precious. Let’s look at a once-in-a-lifetime occasion when an owl landed on a photographer’s lens.

Yes, this happened to Scott Dere, but we have a photo thanks to Beaumon Day’s quick reflexes. Beaumon Day Imagine being a wildlife photographer in this situation. Beaumon Day, Brooke Bartleson, and Arthur Lefo were photographing great gray owls. The group had spent 2 hours hiking without success when they met Scott Dere of The Element of Nature. They parted ways after a short talk, but seconds later, Scott called them over, implying he’d spotted an owl.

We couldn’t believe he had found an owl nearby. We accompanied him and saw a huge gray owl perched 10 feet off the ground in a pine tree. “Beau,” “We observed it for a few minutes when the owl swooped from its perch right at Scott. It landed and peered around on his legs. “Holy crap, are you serious right now?” Scott asked, turning around.

Beaumon Day just got the opportunity to photograph a very interested great gray owl. Beau said the owl seemed to be hunting, as it would look to the ground for a little rodent or something else before joining the crew. They spent another hour watching the bird fly around looking for food and settling on Brooke’s head, who fainted in surprise. The owl was young, as seen by its tail feathers. I guess this baby owl was interested in us and wanted to check us out.

We didn’t threaten him.
In some cases, you may just sense that they are at peace with your presence, and you have a connection for that brief moment.” The owl felt comfortable with humans, landing on Scott Dere’s camera lens and Brooke Bartleson’s head. Beau said they never call or bait animals.


Now, owls are great at camouflage. Imagine the same with a tree via Scott’s lens. Finding owls is one of photography’s hardest obstacles. Some owls, like this one, are out during the day, but usually in the mornings and evenings. “Capturing them flying, whatever bird is another difficulty.

Beau says it’s satisfying to discover the owl, spend time with it, and capture it in flight. Beau enjoyed nature, animals, and collecting from an early age. His passion for the environment and wildlife grew when he got his first DSLR and started hiking and backpacking. He felt re-in love with nature. Owls are nocturnal and have good camo, so photographing one is rare. The photo became viral online, with hundreds of likes on Facebook and various photo news outlets’ coverage.

Beau was startled by how popular the photo became because he hadn’t planned to share it anywhere. “Scott Dere asked me to send him the photo because it was such a fantastic experience—especially for him.” I wanted him to remember it. The shot has since gone viral. The photo’s popularity made me happy. People recognize our connection to nature and animals. That a shot of an owl flying up and landing on us would be spectacular and interesting.”

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