Thursday, January 22, 2009
Finding the above Snowy Owl last week was certainly the highlight of my most recent photo trip.This is a snowy owl irruption year. Irruptions occur during periods of low abundance of small mammals within their usual range. So, when the vole/mice densities at northern latitudes hit a cyclic low, owls, especially snowy owls this year, move farther south than normal in search of food. A friend advised of the possibility of seeing a snowy on the dunes on Assateague Island NWR (Maryland and Virgina). You can walk the 12+ miles of beach on the refuge or obtain an over the sand permit. I elected for the off road permit due to the camera gear I carry and the cold temps and high wind along the ocean. This is one of a number of late afternoon and early morning keepers I was able to obtain. Additional images with different poses will be posted in the near future. Blue Skies.