Sunday, December 15, 2013

A Snowy Owl & Eagle Day

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December 15, 2013

Early Saturday morning, I was reading the listserve for Maryland birders and I saw all the people posting about their Snowy Owl sighting near HavreDeGrace, Md.  I was undecided about going, between the weather forcasting more snow for the day and I had already recently seen the Snowy Owl in Delaware. Then I thought this my be may be my only chance to see a another Snowy Owl in my own home state. So, hubby and I took off around 10am,  I was on a back road I usually take when I noticed this Bald Eagle on a pole hanging over the road. Well with no cars were coming either way, I had to stop and snap a few shots.


I am always excited seeing Eagles.  I thought to myself this outing is starting off great.  A little further up the road I caught the back of a hawk or an owl flying off into the woods. Now with a car coming behind me I had to move on..on to see the Snowy Owl and no time to waste I wanted to be back home before the roads became a nightmare.


The morning's outing started off great with this Bald Eagle sighting.


We had easy directions and this Snowy Owl  was probably one of the easiest birds I have been able to spot. It is in the photo above....like Waldo..can you find the Snowy Owl?


We were a distance from the Snowy Owl, standing along side the road and the owl was across the field on the opposite side of a pond.


Apparently this is a female Snowy Owl and she seems to be doing well.. She has been seen flying around the field... As with any Snowy Owl or any bird sighting..it is best to keep your distance.



The weather was feeling cold, windy and damp, even though the snow had not started yet.  We made a quickie visit to see the Conowingo Eagles..I was surprised to see the parking lot just about empty...We talked with one of the photographers there for a bit..He drove from Boston just to take photos of the Eagles while it was snowing..Well I was not waiting for the snow to start...I snapped a few photos of the Eagles in the trees and checked out the river..seeing lots of gulls and a GB Heron..Hubby and I took off for home..3 hours roundtrip total..I'd say it was a pretty good outing..




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85 comments:

Rajesh said...

Great shots of the birds. Nice poses.

Judith @ Lavender Cottage said...

I'd say your drive was well worth it Eileen. Great photo of the bald eagle. I don't know that much about owls. Would she have been on the ground with a kill? She looked like she was just sitting there though.
Judith

Mama Zen said...

Stunning shots, Eileen!

Poetic Shutterbug said...

Eileen, the details on the eagle are amazing and what a special treat to see a snowy owl. Thanks so much for sharing.

deb @ frugal little bungalow said...

The eagle is magnificent and as to the owl..she looks so sweet and adorable !!! :)

Snap said...

I would have been thrilled to see the eagle, but the snowy owl too?!!!! Sounds like the trip was worth it. Stay warm.

Poppy said...

Eileen,

On our drives here on the island we regularly have to wait for herds of goats and sheep to cross the country roads. On your drives, you get to come face to face with the very bold and stern Bald Eagles and camouflaged Snowy Owls! I did a project on the latter, (part of a bird study), in grade 4 in Toronto, and I still have it!

Dramatic and dreamy shots, in that order for the birds mentioned above!

Thanks for sharing and have a lovely week!

Poppy

Emilie's daughter said...

Dear Eileen, I thinks it was not only a pretty good outing no, it was a fantastic outing!!! What you are showing us here is amazing! Enjoy the snow! Here it is cold but no snow (yet)! Christa

A Garden of Threads said...

Wow, quite the sights and in only three hours. Hope you did not get too much snow. Have a wonderful week. Jen

Ela said...

Wonderful photos of winter scenery. And beautiful wild birds.
Greetings

Pondside said...

Eileen, I enjoyed the post very much. I was pleased to be able to spot the snowy owl in the 'where's Waldo' shot! You must have felt that the day was well worthwhile, to have seen the owl and so many eagles.

Gardening in a Sandbox said...

Spectacular birds. How exciting to see them. Valerie

Carole M. said...

such a worthwhile journey too! Great to just take off like that together with such a goal in mind and you did it! The eagle is special but to me, the Snowy Owl is amazing

DIMI said...

Hello Eileen!!!How lucky you are seeing a snowy owl,again!!!And the eagle,what a beautiful bird!!!Magnificent shots and pictures!!Thank you for sharing this beauty with us!!Have a happy new week!!Hugs!!
Dimi...

Leora said...

Love your proud, tall bald eagle! Hope seeing the snowy owl was fun for you. Stay warm.

TexWisGirl said...

congrats on both sightings! sure hope the snowies are finding plenty of food.

podso said...

Amazing photos, Eileen! thanks for sharing them and have a good week!

Mary Howell Cromer said...

How exciting!!!
I am getting anxious, as we have a Snowy Owl that has come down into KY and tomorrow, I am going to go try and see it. My luck as of late, it will probably leave an hour before I arrive...SIGH. Have a great week Eileen~

Debbie said...

so exciting eileen, what a great and productive trip!!

they have been seen in point pleasant, by the beach. about 10 minutes from home, i really need to go exploring!!

Montanagirl said...

Super cool that you saw a Snowy Owl! They're so beautiful. Nice captures of the Eagle as well.

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

Yes, I would say it was an amazing outing!!! Great picture of the Eagle and the owl too -- I sure didn't see it at first. But then I did -- felt like I'd actually spotted it for real!!! It was neat how you did that.

EG CameraGirl said...

WOW! You had a great day, Eileen!

Life Images by Jill said...

Amazing to see the snowy owl. Thank you. Does it nest in trees, or on the ground? My husband likes to take photos of birds - I need a longer lens to do them justice.
Have a wonderful week, and stay warm - it looks like winter has hit your area.

Merlesworld said...

I do love a great picture of a eagle or two.
They snowy owl is very sweet but he looks cold.
Merle...............

Stephanie said...

Fabulous shots of the birds!!!

lessandragr said...

What a great outing! To see both a bald eagle and a snowy white owl!! You have pretty good eyesight to have spotted that owl - and thanks for the close up or I'd never have picked it out :0

George said...

It looks as if you had a great outing, in spite of the threatening weather. I'm glad you had a safe trip and that you got these wonderful photos to share with us.

Lynne said...

WOW, I failed at the Waldo sighting. Couldn't find it . . . Great camouflage . . . congrat's!

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

Love seeing the wonderful photos of the eagle but the snowy owl is a rare sighting for us here. I've only seen on in CO years ago. She is gorgeous! Holiday hugs!

DeniseinVA said...

Oh wow, what great photos of the Eagles and the snowy owl. Fantastic Eileen! Have a great week :)

Our photos said...

Beautiful are your photos!
Happy Monday to you!

Sandy Carlson said...

Pure magic! You make winter inviting.

Tina Fariss Barbour said...

I would call your trip amazingly productive! I've never seen a bald eagle in person. You caught some great shots. I would have been so excited, I probably wouldn't have been able to focus. :-) And the snowy owl is just breathtaking. I literally gasped out loud when I saw her photo. Thank you for sharing your adventure with us!

Glenda/MidSouth said...

Wow - those are some great shots! Hope you are creating an album of all your photos.
Thanks for stopping by.

Linda W. said...

Wow - two cool bird sightings! It was your lucky day.

JoAnn ( Scene Through My Eyes) said...

Great shots - I love the distinct feathers on the eagle. A second Snowy Owl - I wouldn't have paused for a minute - I'd be on my way.

Linda said...

Fantastic shots of the bald eagle! And to photograph the snowy owl also — how exciting!

Jo said...

What wonderful images of the Bald Eagle. I always love seeing Eagles. And I struggled to see the Snowy Owl in your first photo of the snowed up field, but was thrilled to see it in the subsequent photos. Both Grant and I love owls and have heard the Barn Owl is back in our garden again. Hope you're having a really great day. Greetings Jo

The happy wanderer. said...

You and your husband certainly share some great outings. How wonderful to see a Snowy Owl, and photograph it too. Thanks for sharing it.

Ramakrishnan Ramanathan said...

Thanks for some incredible series of pictures. The snowy owl looks sleepy and possibly hibernating in the snow.

Pam :) said...

Wow the Snowy Owl and Bald Eagle are magnificent birds to capture on the same day.
It was a great day, thanks for sharing Eileen :)

aspiritofsimplicity said...

Wonderful captures!! We had a snowy owl spotting on our tiny island in Massachusetts last week although I didn't get to see it. Maybe next time.

Mary said...

Wonderful photos! The eagle is so gorgeous and also the snow owl! Great!

Katarina said...

Hi, Eileen!
I really enjoy watching your shots of birds. I have never seen an eagle myself so I kind of envy you. It must feel so great watching these impressive animals!

Joop Zand said...

Your pictures are BEAUTIFUL Eileen.....great shots have you made.

Greetings, Joop

Gunilla Bäck said...

Both are gorgeous birds!

Gail Dixon said...

Gosh, a bonus eagle while looking for the snowy! Jackpot, I say. :) Amazing how the snowy blends in with the landscape with the brown markings imitating twigs and that bright white fur blending so well into the snow. Amazing. Beautiful shots, Eileen!

Icy BC said...

What a great outing you had! Two magnificent birds sighting! Beautiful photos!

Optimistic Existentialist said...

Oh my gosh those snowy owl photos just made my Monday morning!!

wildlifewatcher said...

Hi Eileen, I am sooo jealous! A Bald Eagle and a Snowy Owl! Tremendous! Your photographs are really good. I enjoy reading your blog a lot! Have a great week!

edenhills said...

Amazing! To be able to see these birds must be such a thrill!

Gattina said...

You are so lucky to be able to see owls outside captivity. I love these birds, they have such a funny face.
The eagle looks very severe and serious !

Tree Hugger - Suzan said...

WOW!!! What a Sunday!!
An Eagle AND the Snow Owl!!
I'm amazed that you were able see her in the snow -- I just couldn't find her until you showed an upclose shot. But seeing the Eagle!! That's a real WOW!!
Bet you're still smiling!!

Sylvia K said...

Fantastic captures of the owl and the eagle for the day, Eileen!! Thanks for sharing! Hope you have a wonderful week!

mick said...

Great birds! The eagles are magnificent and the Snowy Owl really great - but I think you would have to know how to see it among all that other snow!

Linda Kittmer said...

What stunning shots. The snowy owl is so beautiful!

Fun60 said...

I am amazed that you spotted the snowy owl. Brilliant photos.

Linda Gross said...

LOVE that first eagle picture! To see eagles and a snowy white owl in the same day .. priceless!

A Quiet Corner said...

Those eagles were awesome! I spyed on a nest all Spring/summer reporting to our Div of Wildlife and have totally fallen in love with them! See you Saturday,...:)JP

Brian King said...

Well, I'm definitely jealous of the eagle! I'd love to see an adult around here, but they're still pretty rare. The Snowy Owl is gorgeous!

acreativeharbor.com said...

splendiferous shots! Wow! ~ thanks, carol, xxx

Thanks for visiting and Happy Week to you ^_^

Al said...

What great sightings - I've never seen a snowy owl.

islandwonder said...

Wow! I feel like I won a contest. Cool shots!

Veronica Roth said...

Hi Eileen, those are wonderful shots of the birds! I get ever so excited when I see the bald eagles and they are pretty common in Vancouver. Here in England we only have hawks and red kites. The red kites have been brought back from the brink and reintroduced into Oxfordshire and are doing very well. The butcher down the lane form us feeds them scraps on a daily basis and so I have a change to see them up close. As a matter of fact I'm painting one onto a map now. :)

Indrani said...

Gorgeous birds. I felt so excited to see the snowy owl!

diane b said...

The eagles are so majestic and the snow owl is beautiful. Your last post was great too.

ladyfi said...

What fabulous shots! That eagle is magnificent.

Zizi Santos said...

Fico sem palavras mediante tanta beleza!
suas imagens são lindas!
a viagem deu um bom resultado!
o pássaro é maravilhoso!

Não participei do sábado -meme
minha câmera não é tão possante
minhas imagens não são tão nítidas
(você me compreende?)

Zizi

Photo Cache said...

beautiful wintry shots.

Birgitta said...

Fabulous shots!

Bob Bushell said...

The two of them, birds, Bald Eagle and Snowy Owl, are fabulous, well done Eileen.

Nancy J said...

Super, super photos of the snowy owl, hidden at a distance, What a wonderful day out for your both. Cheers, Jean.

yonca said...

Wonderful shots as usual, Eileen!You know what, the firsttime i see a snowy owl, here:)Beautiful!

Jennifer A. Jilks said...

Good advice! They are at-risk, being so far south and there are crazy people out there.
Wonderful photos!
Cheers from Cottage Country Ontario , ON, Canada!

Willow said...

This is so cool ` what a great day for you !!

Les Barr said...

You do not live that far away from me here in PA. I do enjoy some bird watching myself, but there are not many birds worth seeing around here. You have some good shot's there. Best wishes to you.

Maria said...

What two elegant creatures you got here!!!

Irene said...

Wow, great bird shots. Eagles and Snowy Owls are a big catch. Wish I was there!

Irene

Helma said...

Really cool to just a snowy owl in the wild to see. I think the most beautiful snowy out there and chorus ..... this wonderful blog Eileen :-)

Anne (cornucopia) said...

Wow, you are so lucky to get to see a Snowy Owl twice!!! Good eyes to spot it, too.

Elaine said...

Great opportunity to see both the eagle and the snowy owl! Nice work!

Kim said...

What a brilliant outing Eileen, next time give me a shout, i'd love to join you ;)

Liz said...

WOW!! The Bald Eagle is beautiful! I love the Snowy Owl all nicely camouflaged in the snow.

Betty Manousos said...

stunning shots, eileen!
great work!

fantastic scenery, too.

Saun said...

Oh my gosh I would just scream if I saw an owl. Love these..........beautiful