January 7, 2016 4:37 PM EST

A traffic camera in Quebec captured striking images of a snowy owl in flight on Jan. 3. A series of frames were taken of the bird over Montreal’s Highway 40 and shared on Facebook by Robert Poëti, a Canadian politician, on Thursday. The pictures show the owl flying toward the camera and soaring past it. “Here are a couple of shots of this beautiful snowy owl,” Poëti captioned the post.

The snowy owl is Quebec’s official bird, but sightings of the species in the wild are rare, according to FB Newswire.

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See the full footage of the owl’s flight below.

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