Only a Snowy

by Lanny McDowell on November 30, 2008

At the risk of getting lost in the crowd, we offer up our simple fare.  There was a snowy or two on Chappaquiddick last winter, but I have not seen one on the Vineyard for many a year.  The time is now.

Six of us left our two cars in the parking at Black Point, walked the boardwalk over the marsh and crested the barrier dune.  We had owls on the brain from third party sightings in the general area.  The collective intention factor was high on the meter.  The first call was a very distant Herring Gull on an inland sandbar.  However, between us and the sandbar, about halfway across the barrier beach ‘twixt Black Point Pond and the Atlantic was either a very robust and bright fence post or a Snowy Owl.  With binocs we thought there was movement.  People with 10-bys saw more movement; and then Soo’s scope was on it.  Ta-da!

The sight of six optics-encumbered human heads rising over the dunes was not an appetizing prospect for the owl:

In the afternoon I went back solo to another location and had the bird to myself, Mr. Canon and Stella, for a more intimate interview, for a session with a peregrine quite curious about the dog and photographer, and for the distant owl with Snow Bunting flurry shot.

 

 

 Birds are cool!  Lanny

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1

Felix Hilton 11.30.08 at 2:40 pm

Looks like you’ve been having fun. greetings Felix

2

france 11.30.08 at 2:50 pm

Exquisite bird, exquisite photos. One question, where can I get some feathery pantloons like scandiacus’s???

3

france 11.30.08 at 2:51 pm

Exquisite bird, exquisite photos. One question, where can I get some feathery pantloons like scandiacus’s?

4

diane 11.30.08 at 4:00 pm

Winter is early!

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