Friday, December 6, 2013

Snowy Owl

I am linking up with Wild Bird Wednesday and Nature Notes

December 3, 2013

This seems to be the year for the Snowy Owls.. A Snowy Owl irruption is when the young owls fly south due to their food source Lemmings or prey becoming scarce. Just this past week Snowy Owl sightings have been reported all around New Jersey, Delaware and my state of Maryland.  I was thrilled myself to see one while driving down the Coastal Hwy in Delaware on November 30.. Apparently there were two Snowy Owls in the exact spot, I just happened to see one from my viewing spot.  The lucky people that were on the beach at the time saw two Snowy owls interacting with each other.. awesome photos were posted on the Delaware Birding facebook page..

Here are the few photos I took of just one of the Snowy Owls seen at the Indian River Inlet.


I stayed a good distance from the owl but, I am so glad my Canon SX40 has awesome optical zoom. I am happy with my Snowy Owl shots.



For my photos, I stood on the road... I did not have to be close to the owl or walk over the dunes...


I am always reading the facebook entries of birds being sighted. Some of others places where the Snowy Owls were seen Edwin Forsythe NWR in NJ, Cape Henlopen, DE, Indian River Inlet De, Port Mahon, DE and the place I saw my 2009  lifer Snowy Owl the Assateague Island Nat'l Seashore. They seem to be up and down the East Coast as far as the Carolinas and maybe even a sighting in Bermuda. 


The notice above is being passed around on facebook, I agree birders and photographers should keep a safe distance. Keeping a distance also allows others to view this beautiful bird without flushing the owl.



Check Ebird's got-snowies  for more information..

To see a Snowy Owl in the wild is a thrill, at least for a birder it is..I hope you get to see one too.
Thanks for visiting my post and for the nice comments.

 I am starting a new MEME called Saturday Critters..Saturday Morning 8am EST...join in on the party and post your cute critters.

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71 comments:

Giga said...

Ciszę się razem z Tobą, że udało Ci się sfotografować śliczną białą sowę. Pozdrawiam.
Silence is with you, you were able to photograph the beautiful snowy owl. Yours.

✿ chica said...

Lindos! beijos,tudo de bom,ótimo dia! chica

Stewart M said...

What a great bird! I can't believe it just sat there! Very cooperative.

Cheers - Stewart M - Melbourne

The happy wanderer. said...

How wonderful and lucky you are to have such a visitor. That looks to be an incredible number of sightings. I hope they find enough to eat.

Carole M. said...

they are just adorable owls; you got some beautiful snaps Eileen

DIMI said...

Hallo Eileen!!!
How lucky you are seeing this beautiful Snowy Owl!!!I have see it on tv and i adore this bird!!!Wonderful shots!!!!Great captures indeed!!!Thank you for sharing these informations!!Have a happy day!!!Hugs!!
Dimi...

Kerri Farley said...

That is so exciting!!!! I want to see one!

Beth Edwards said...

you know i always thought of owls as being night time animals or at least dusk. saw on once in the woods while on my mail route. it was so shocking. a moment i will always remember. he was amazing!! what a beauty. i have never seen a snow owl before ...wonder why they call him that when there is now snow around? how about a Sand Owl ... makes more sense to me. ha. ha!! ( :

diane b said...

Wow how exciting is that??? It is a beautiful bird.

Optimistic Existentialist said...

I would love to see a snowy owl in my lifetime!! What beautiful pictures.

Beth Edwards said...

oh did you take over Critter Saturday or is it something new? that is super cool!! can't wait to see what you come up with? fun. fun, fun!! ( :

Hanne Bente said...

Great pictures of a beautiful snowy owl. Wish you a nice day / good week :)

Our photos said...

Beautiful photos of the snow owl

Gunilla Bäck said...

Wonderful photos of this gorgeous bird!

EG CameraGirl said...

I love snowy owls. Every year we have fields of them not too far from here, a place where they can find plenty of tasty moles and mice. I'm surprised so many of them are being seen so far south this year, though.

Judith @ Lavender Cottage said...

I've heard there are sightings in our rural area too. I hope I get to see one as I love your photos.
Can I use the button at the top for the critter meme Eileen?
Judith

Wandering Wren said...

Hi Eileen
These are some amazing photographs of the Snowy Owl and great that you could take from a distance without disturbing them.
I am going to try to join your cute critters linky on Saturday
Wren x

Irma said...

Really great to see the snowy owl.
Perfect photographed, Eileen.
Greetings Irma

Montanagirl said...

Lovely Snowy Owl shots! We had hoards of them here in the winter of 2011-12. I took hundreds of photos of them. If you get the Birds&Blooms magazine, I just had one of my Snowy Owl photos published in the December/January 2014 issue on Page 78. I had taken the photo in 2012.

Lynne said...

Must be a thrill Eileen to see in person! I enjoyed seeing your photos of a Snowy Owl . . .

The Furry Gnome said...

I'm going to start watching for them!

Phyllis Oller said...

I will have to facebook friend you.You got some awesome pictures!!! I got to see one last year,& the bird is so large you can`t believe it till you see one,thank-you for sharing & for showing us where they have been spotted.phyllis

Debbie said...

what an awesome find eileen, i would have wet my pants!!

your images are magnificent!!

Gail Dixon said...

Beautiful shots, Eileen. I know you must be proud of these! So are these owls not nocturnal? They always seem to be in the daylight hours from the photos I'm seeing. Thanks!

Jen Sanford said...

Exciting find and great photos!!

TexWisGirl said...

truly awesome, eileen! last year i know there were scads of them seen in the western states. sure hope they find food sources!

Karen said...

What a beautiful sight! I love the last photo of it in the grass!

JoAnn ( Scene Through My Eyes) said...

Great shots - there is so much action in the photos, even with the owl sitting still. I'd love to see some out here - but haven't heard of any this year so far.

Tree Hugger - Suzan said...

How exciting for your Eileen to see the snow owls!! Hate the reason behind you seeing them - but if they can live here safely - then how blessed you are to see them!!

Mary said...

What a beauty! I love those birds!

Diane said...

How rare to see a snowy owl. Your pictures are lovely!

Our Neck of the Woods said...

Oooh, great shots! I love snowy owls - I think they are so gorgeous!

Ela said...

I've neve seen the Snowy Owl.
Really wonderful!

HansHB said...

A great serie!
The snow-owl is a great bird!

Merlesworld said...

I never seen one we most likely don't have them.

They are beautiful.
Merle.....

HOOTIN ANNI said...

Oh my gosh...and to spot one on the sand dunes yet...what terrific composition!!!

HOOTIN ANNI said...

ps...what is the url of your new saturday meme? So I can make a link to it and participate when I have critter images posted.

Brian King said...

Congratulations! Great photos! I'd love to see one of these guys someday!

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

Beautiful birds -- you are so lucky to see them.... its great that the information about being careful of them is being passed around on blogs and social media.

Neat to know you're starting a new meme... I will check it out and probably join as soon as I can.

Steve Borichevsky said...

Awesome. Maybe this year is going to be my year to see one of these.

Pallavi said...

I had never seen a snowy owl before ( maybe only in the Harry potter movies ) . They look so magnificent and grand. Glad you witnessed them in their grandeur dear Eileen . Lovely pictures :)

Rambling Woods said...

I hope they can find food.... Great photos... I will try to remember your new meme Eileen... Michelle

Stephanie said...

Lovely to look at.

aspiritofsimplicity said...

wow! That is awesome. I am so glad that they posted the warnings.

Wally Jones said...

What a great opportunity! Nice images!
I am totally jealous since the chances of a Snowy Owl in Florida is a bit slim!

Kusum Sanu said...

Wow! That is a fantastic sight! I have never seen this birds except for in the pics. I am big fan of owls for they are so different!

DeniseinVA said...

How exciting! Your photos are great and thank you for the information on how not to approach these beautiful birds.

Faye said...

What a fortunate sighting, Eileen! I'm thrilled when I even hear them, let alone seeing this beauty. It was in a perfect setting against the sand and beach grass.

Bob Bushell said...

It's lovely, you could cuddle it.

Noushka said...

Hello Eileen,
I bet you were thrilled!
I never saw one in the wild!*I hope they find enough prey to survive winter and fly back to their breeding grounds...
Fantastic captures, lucky you!!

Ramakrishnan Ramanathan said...

What incredible pics of the snow white owl ! Looks so calm contented peaceful and serene !

Phil Slade said...

There is some really valuable information and advice in your post Eileen. Love your pictures and I hope the invaders can all make it safely back north when they have to.
I'm wondering if the invasion is limited to North America and if Europe may see a similar thing? I'm looking forward to Saturday Critters - count me in.

Dave said...

Jealous beyond words!

NatureFootstep said...

the snowy owl would be a lifetime sighting. It is a real beauty. Your images are gorgeous.

I hope I will remember your Saturday Critters :)

Pat said...

What a cool bird to see and photograph! Great post, Eileen.

Anne (cornucopia) said...

I could not believe when I read your location! I had no idea Snowy Owls were this far south on the East Coast! I'm in CT and will keep a look out. You were so lucky to get to see one! :-)

wildlifewatcher said...

Hi Eileen, Wonderfully lucky for you! Have never seen a Snowy Owl. Great shots! Hooray! Have a super good Thursday tomorrow!

Pam :) said...

Oh my lucky you. They are such amazing birds to see in the wild.
Great captures Eileen :)

Linda said...

How cool! I saw some pictures of the snowy owl on Facebook so thanks for posting an explanation.

Red Nomad OZ said...

Those owls are AMAZING!! I can't believe it's just sitting on the dune like that - what a magical moment and I'm so glad your zoom was up to the challenge!!!

Crafty Green Poet said...

how exciting to see a snowy owl! Lovely photos too

Helma said...

Ohhhhhhhhhhh ....... Here I may well be very jealous lol ... The snowy owl, I find the best there is. Unfortunately this be seen in the Netherlands. Only in the animal garden
Beautifully photographed Eileen!

Linda aka Crafty Gardener said...

Amazing siting and great photos.

Betty Manousos said...

aww, eileen, aren't they adorable? lovely birds. how exciting to see a snowy owl!
as always, your photos are great!

happy weekend!:))

Betty Manousos said...

i'm sure i left a comment here.

islandwonder said...

That is a beautiful bird.

~Kim at Golden Pines~ said...

Hi Eileen!! What a amazing siting to have!! I'd seen on facebook other photos from friends who'd seen them too, and none of their photos were as good as yours--What a treat!

And your blog-hop looks like fun, when I get my act together, I'll have to join in! Hope you're doing well, and enjoying your son's birthday! :-)

Fjällripan said...

Oh so great to see this wonderful owl in real!! Beautiful photos :))

Kim said...

What a beautiful site Eileen, and I totally agree with your birding ethics :)

Maria said...

This is a very informative post Eileen.

Simon Tickle said...

How wonderful. I was delighted to hear that you weren't tempted up onto the dunes.
Too many people spook them by getting too close. Brava!