A Montreal traffic camera captured spectacular footage of a beautiful snowy owl that gave a perfect pose earlier this week.

Barbara Frei, the director of the McGill Bird Observatory, tells the CBC that this young female was probably looking for a place to perch.

"I think they are attracted specifically to the highway because it has open, grassy fields nearby which is perfect for hunting their favorite 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."

Frei notes that snowy owls breed north of the Arctic Circle, and migrate as far south as Montreal in the winter.