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Getting a Grip
Photograph by Daniel J. Cox

Handling an adult snowy owl, as researcher Denver Holt is doing here, is a rare—and exhilarating—challenge. Breeding owls usually flush from their nests when researchers are hundreds of yards away. Loud, harsh threat calls quickly escalate to hurtling, talons-out aerial attacks. "We've banded hundreds of chicks," says Holt, "but only a handful of adults. They're just too hard to catch."

Photo Fast Facts

Camera: Nikon F5
Film Type: Fujichrome Provia 100
Lens: 35-70 mm f/2.8
Speed and F-Stop: 1/125 @ f/2.8
Weather Conditions: Cloudy
Time of Day: 10:30 a.m.
Lighting Techniques: Natural light

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