Snowy Owl!!!

Set out for my 2nd day at Fowler's Beach hoping to get some better photographs of the short eared owls than what I got the day before. Unfortunately, the lighting conditions were no better on Monday than they were on Sunday by the time I got there.

And then, don't you know, someone had spotted the Snowy!!! A bit of a trek to get there, but WORTH IT!!!

If I had gotten there an hour earlier, there would have been some good sunlight on him, and the shots would have been better. But I spent some time driving around first, playing with my new polarizing filter before heading to the owl fields, so I missed the best light. Nonetheless, I took quite a few shots, and this was about the best I got.

As I stood there photographing him, the whole bucket-list-item feeling just washed all over me, and I had to shed a tear or two. Sheesh. What a nerd!!! :-)

Have to say, on Sunday, my first day over there this weekend, there were so many people standing around that I knew SOMETHING was going on. I had read that the short eared owls were putting on quite a show, and I had taken the babies over there earlier in the week, but we hadn't seen anything. So the sight of so many people around seemed like a good sign. Sure enough, the owls were putting on a show. They were my first owl shots ever, and were pretty bad considering the lack of good light and the fact that they were a fair distance away, but I learned a lot from the people around me and enjoyed the camaraderie. However, my sweet-assed lens (Canon 100-400 - the new one!) was a BABY compared to the lenses around me!!! HA!!!! And all the tripods with their Gimble or Wimble (or whatever they're called) heads - crazy!!! I didn't stand a chance!!! Lots of binoculars and scopes to go with those cameras, too. Anyway, at one point, I was looking thru my lens in a different direction than everyone else and I saw something pure white that was way too big to be a seagull, flying along and over the tree line in the distance. I called out to those around me, but no one really paid me and my baby lens much mind. I did snap a frame or two, but it was obviously too far away to be much more than a blur. DH and I looked at it when I got home Sunday night, and he agreed it had a boxy shape to it, but who could really tell anything from the blur I got! But after finding THIS guy on Monday, I'd have to swear that I did indeed see him on Sunday even if he couldn't register in my sweet-assed little baby lens!
Lovely capture
posted December 5th, 2017  
Superb capture, composition
posted December 5th, 2017  
Great capture of this beautiful Owl
posted December 5th, 2017  
Wow what a great commentary to go with a fabulous shot of the Snowy. Well done you.
posted December 5th, 2017  
He is so beautiful and well done with the perseverance! fav
posted December 5th, 2017  
Awesome picture.
posted December 5th, 2017  
Awesome shot
posted December 5th, 2017  
What a beauty, great shot. So good that you are able to spend some time on photography during your busy life.
posted December 5th, 2017  
Beautiful
posted December 5th, 2017  
wow, super capture ~ fav
posted December 6th, 2017  
Wow what a great shot of this snowy!!!
Double love it!!
posted December 6th, 2017  
I am ever so jealous. Gorgeous
posted December 6th, 2017  
So many snowy sighting this fall.... still on my bucket list ....
posted December 6th, 2017  
Truly a grand and noble shot of such a magnificent creature. Fav.
posted December 6th, 2017  
Great captured.
posted December 6th, 2017  
Beautiful image! I love how he stands out against all the brown. There's been one or two spotted in eastern Nebraska. I am hoping, hoping, hoping that they find their way out here. I saw one a few years ago, and, like you, did not have a big zoom. Would love to see one again.
posted December 6th, 2017  
Lucky ducky. That is a big dream of mine!
posted December 19th, 2017  
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