Snowy Owl

One of the items on my Long Island “bird”  bucket list was to see a snowy owl, a friend of mine has seen one for the past few winters and I was hoping to be as lucky.  WELL  today was my lucky day.   Headed down to the Hamptons area early on this cold but promised to be a sunny day.  I have been to this beach during the summer, but my first trip in the dead of winter…looks very different.  My hope was to find a snowy owl but was happy to be out and see what I could find.   First sighting was a sandbar filled with seals… not very good shots as they were in the distance quite a ways….

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Then I as I was scouring the landscape there was a brightish something that just didn’t seem right….so sure enough as I got closer and looked through the 300 mm lens there she was!  I was so thrilled!  Took a few shots, walked closer, took a few shots walked closer  🙂  you photographers know the drill, have to capture an image even if it is only a record shot and hopefully eventually get that great shot!!

 

Snowy Owl

Immature female, Long Island NY

 

Well did get some good shots, but I think between the extender and the fact that I was so cold I was probably shaking the camera they are not as clear as i would have liked…but happy to have captured this pretty immature female Snowy Owl!

Snowy Owl

Immature female, Long Island NY

 

My Animal Spirit

I’ve always loved wolves…I don’t know why, I just think they are beautiful animals that have an unjustified bad reputation…Well let’s see how that may have started????… the big bad wolf tried to eat little red riding hood, and her grandmother.  Oh that’s right he DID eat the grandmother.   The big bad wolf tried to destroy the three little piggy’s houses and eat them too!  Wasn’t there one about a lamb crossing the water on the wolf’s back and ooops got eaten.  Oh yes then there was the wolf in lambs clothing.  Those wolves sure are hungry and apparently don’t have manners either.  Who has ever been accused of wolfing down your food?

So where am I going with all these wolf tales???  I’m sending you to a fabulous page that I found on Flickr.  There is a gentlemen by the name of Rudy, he lives in Canada and takes the MOST AWESOME photos of wolves…coyote, fox, Elk, deer, buffalo birds etc.   I wanted to share this with you, I hope you enjoy checking out his photos as much as I did.  Be sure to read his captions as well, very interesting and insightful.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/rudypohl/

Unexplored Area

I took a walk this morning and explored a new area. A elementary and middle school were built about 2 years ago just on the other side of the main road that runs past our neighborhood…. for what ever reason I have never wandered over there. I climbed over the barbed wire fence (ouch, yup my jeans got caught) and walked the fence line. I realized it backed up to the RR that I hear in the wee hours of the morning..Had no idea it was that close.
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Continued to walk and discovered a pond, or as they call them here in Texas a tank…..there was a beautiful white heron standing there in search of, I guess breakfast…can’t imagine any fish in there…but what do I know.

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Continued my walk along the tracks and came upon an owl perched on an old electric pole… He seemed to be observing what used to be his hunting grounds, now taken over by “the neighborhood”.

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As I was heading back home I walked past the elementary school and heard something in the gutters, I looked up and what a surprise…a horned owl was checking me out! 🙂

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It was quite pretty back here, where I doubt too many people walk…I will be back

Owls…and everything I know about them

Horned Owl

Horned Owl

Barred Owl

Barred Owl

Screech Owl

Screech Owl

If an owl’s eyes are very dark, dark brown or black they hunt in the night, if their eyes are lighter in color, they hunt in the early dawn hours.

Owls don’t have a sense of smell…which would explain why one of these species (sorry I cannot remember) actually prefers skunk for dinner!

Do you know why owls turn their heads like they do? 

Because they cannot move their eyes like we do!….and NO they cannot turn their heads 360 degrees!

Barn Owl

Barn Owl