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 15 metres 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.’