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A rare snowy owl, typically found in the Arctic, made an unexpected appearance in Montreal, posing for an impromptu photo shoot while gracefully soaring through the air. The majestic moment was captured by a traffic camera, resulting in a spectacular image of the snowy owl in full flight.
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Transport Minister of Quebec, Robert Poetin, was impressed by the images and promptly shared them on Twitter, praising the "Magnificent snowy owl picked up by surveillance cameras of the road network on the A-40 in the West of MTL." According to Barbara Frei, the director of the McGill Bird Observatory, the bird was likely searching for a suitable place to perch.
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Frei explained that the snowy owl might have been drawn to the highway due to the nearby open, grassy fields, which are perfect hunting grounds for their favorite prey—small rodents. These owls prefer to have a clear vantage point to scan the landscape, making high lamp posts or other perches ideal for their hunting needs. While the snowy owl usually breeds only in Quebec's arctic tundra, during winter, they often migrate further south.
The snowy owl holds a special place in the hearts of Canadians, as it receives legal protection from hunters and serves as the official symbol of Quebec. To witness this awe-inspiring encounter, watch the video below.