Photo Essay: Day of the Owl

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by Martin Gregus Jr.

© Martin Gregus Jr.

© Martin Gregus Jr.

The snowy owl migration is a spectacle rarely seen along the West Coast of British Columbia and Washington. In November 2011, 15-year-old Martin Gregus Jr. took his camera and set aside much of his life to capture this marvel until the owls’ departure. Martin spent many days out in the field, getting as close as possible, in conditions that included lying on the frozen ground, covered in mud. Sitting in the marsh for so many hours allowed the birds to get used to his presence so they would land only feet away.

Martin’s dedication to these birds started to pay off in the summer of 2012 when his work was exhibited in the largest gallery in Slovakia. He was also selected as a finalist in the European Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition and the Windland Awards competition, presented at the Smithsonian Museum, in Washington. D.C. In November 2012, after hearing the news that the owls were back, Martin returned to photograph them. Martin is currently living in Vancouver.

To see more of Martin’s work, please take a look at his website,

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