It’s hard to imagine a shot that’s more boring than a shot from a traffic camera. They usually offer only endless car and route flows throughout the day. However, recently, traffic cameras seem to be the attraction of wild birds.
A few days ago, I introduced a curious turquoise parrot that was fascinated by Brazilian traffic cameras. Well, this time there is something even more spectacular. Snowy owls rarely appear on highway cameras in Montreal, Canada. The stunning video was then shared online by Canadian officials.
A short video shows a majestic owl flying towards the Highway 40 and Source Boulevard traffic cameras. Canada’s Minister of Transport Robert Poetti shared an impressive moment on Twitter. “A magnificent snowy owl captured by surveillance cameras on the A40 road network west of MTL,” he wrote.
The owl from the footage was identified as a young woman by the Magill Bird Observatory, and according to Barbara Frie, she was certainly looking for a place to sit.
“I think they’re drawn to the highway. There’s a grassy field nearby, perfect for hunting your favorite prey,” Barbara Frie told CBC News. “They like to move around the country well, and the tall streetlights and other stanchions they sit on when hunting are perfect for them.”
In Canada’s symbol, especially in Quebec, the snowy owl is a legally protected species, a symbol of wisdom and knowledge.