The arrival of the Snowy Owls on the east coast was hot news for any bird lover. While I was not able to spend the amount of time I would like trying to photograph this species. It was still good to get some photos. After spending 3 hours walking 4 miles (with 20 pounds of gear, in 0 degree temps) on a NJ beach we were not able to find an owl that was supposed to be super tolerant. Rather disheartened, tired and cold, we tried another beach. I walked up from the parking lot and proceeded to scan the area to my left and then right. The moment I looked straight ahead, I couldn't believe my eyes. This owl was sitting on a bird box 25 feet in front of me. 25 feet!!! Wow! Angelique and I spent 6 hours with this bird, taking turns using the restroom so we don't loose sight of the bird It was amazingly calm and accepting of our presence after this initial look of suspicion. It changed resting locations only when people walking their dogs came close. This was the first snowy owl close up photo and the light only got better.
Every time an animal lets me get this close and accepts my presence, I feel blessed to have the experience. It doesn't happen very often, but each experience is memorable and unique in its own way. Life is good!
- Nikhil Bahl Photographypresent
Nikhil Bahl is a full time professional photographer, author, educator, workshop instructor and environmentalist residing in the Washington D.C. area. Drawing inspiration from nature, Nikhil adopts novel approaches and seeks meaningful interpretations: to create photographs that transcend the commonplace, reflect deeper insights, and convey an enchantment of the subject’s beauty.
An offshoot of Nikhil's fine art photography and love of nature is his documentation of wildlife behaviors and habitats. As a volunteer with the National Park Service and U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, his goal is to portray environmental stories with an artistic appeal, so his photographs educate and motivate about the imperative of conservation.
Each year Nikhil leads several photography tours and instructional workshops in the United States and abroad. His teaching encourages participants to advance beyond ordinary photos and develop their own style and vision. Nikhil is a regular speaker at photography clubs, expos and industry events. He authored the acclaimed eBook, Creative Interpretations and writes articles on the creative and technical aspects of photography.
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