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Majestic Snowy Owl Captured Mid-Flight By Road Traffic Camera

Eat your hearts out, nature photographers.

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The owl was filmed by a camera overlooking a highway in Montreal, and Quebec transport minister Robert Poeti shared a series of stills on social media.

He wrote on Twitter that the owl, the official national symbol of Quebec, was "magnificent".

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Barbara Frei, the director of the McGill Bird Observatory, told the CBC the owl, a young female, was probably looking for somewhere to perch.

"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 lampposts or other posts that they can perch on while hunting just suits them perfectly."

Matthew Champion is a weekend editor for BuzzFeed News and is based in London.

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