This owl looks like it's taking advantage of the cold weather to practise its skating moves on the ice. (Photos)

The snowy owl was captured on camera with one leg outstretched behind it while it balanced on one claw.

But, the beautiful bird may just have been stretching after it woke up to freezing temperatures of -20C in Montreal, Canada.

Wildlife photographer Yves Adams battled the freezing winds to capture the incredible shots on camera - after following the bird all day.

Mr Adams, from Belgium, said: ‘I had seen the owl hunting in the area for a few days, so I tried to follow him, as he'd obviously found a good spot.

‘I really wanted to get close to this bird, so I crawled very slowly through the snow, protected in my down clothing, for an hour or so.

‘Eventually I came pretty close, maybe 15metres away, but the owl was very relaxed. It was a beautiful thing to see, even if it was very cold, lying on the snow.

‘Although the bird was in a deep sleep, his peeping eyes recorded every movement I made.

‘Suddenly he woke up, and stretched. This all happened in seconds, so I had to react very very fast.

‘I have a lot of respect for these northern birds. I was able to retreat to my warm hotel room each night, but this bird had to stay out all night, often with strong blizzards at night, with very low temperatures.’

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Responses to "Dancing on ice: Snowy owl left with a big smile on his face as practises his moves"

  1. Anonymous says:

    What a natural Beauty

  2. Anonymous says:

    Yoga Pose ~

  3. Unknown says:


  4. Anonymous says:

    soo cute

  5. Anonymous says:

    It DOES look like a Yoga pose :)

  6. Anonymous says:

    Awesome pictures!! Thanks for sharing. :)

  7. Scooter says:

    I'm Totally enrapture by the Owls, such handsome creatures.

  8. Anonymous says:

    Totally amazing! So Cute, You gotta love nature and what it brings to us!

  9. Anonymous says:

    very nice hes happy

  10. Unknown says:

    Judging by the red at her feet, I think she must of had lunch not too long ago. I wonder if the male was close by.

  11. Unknown says:

    amazing shot...

  12. elizabeth says:

    I am in awe of these photos. Thank you so much. ♥ & ☼.

  13. Indescritível !

  14. Yakatyak says:

    God makes all and the owl is truly happy for all he has at the moment his life is the best! Thanks for sharing

  15. Unknown says:

    Thanks for Sharing..I truly Enjoyed this and Learned something about Snowy Owls :)

  16. Andrew Dube says:

    Love this video on snow owls

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