In a fortunate technological circumstance, a Transport Quebec traffic camera caught this spectacular footage of a snowy owl soaring over a wintery Canadian highway. The images of the majestic wild bird against the structured urban backdrop were captured by the traffic camera along Montreal's Highway 40, and create quite a striking scene. Quebec's Transport Minister Robert Poti tweeted about the bird sighting, prompting the province to release the video footage to the public.
It is most likely that the young female owl was looking for a spot to perch, according to Barbara Frei, director of the McGill Bird Observatory. In a statement given to CBC News, Frei reported that though snowy owls typically breed and hunt in habitats north of the Arctic circle, during the winter they migrate south, down to Canada. “I think they are attracted specifically to the highway because it has open, grassy fields nearby which is perfect for hunting their favourite prey, which is small rodents,” she said. “They like to get a good lay of the land and the high lamp posts or other posts that they can perch on while hunting just suits them perfectly.” The beautiful wildlife sighting shows just how closely humans and nature exist–even a traffic camera can see that.