Last Sunday, I made an another amazing discovery when I took a short drive down to the shore of Lake Ontario. Normally I’m on the east side of the “channel” but that day I was on the west side where the sandy beach is covered with icy “dunes” created by the waves during this year’s very cold and windy winter.
I was actually looking for ducks to photograph or even the mink from the previous blog. There were many beautiful ducks in the channel including white-winged scoters, blue bills and golden eyes as well as the “usual suspects”. Then, as I glance down the beach, something caught my eye. To my naked eye, I saw something that at first appeared to be a piece of ice in some short frozen grass. But, when I looked through my telephoto lens, I couldn’t believe what was sitting on the icy beach! It was a snowy owl!
I had not seen one since I was 5 years old, living in Thunder Bay. I have been watching and hoping for years to see one of these magnificent creatures and looked enviously at photos taken by others.
I was able to circle around and approach the snowy from the west and actually moved in fairly close to take some photos before she flew away and landed on the ice beside the lighthouse. I was unaware, until she took flight, that she had her prey hidden underneath her. I’m so excited to be able to share a few of the photographs of what I believe is a female or perhaps a juvenile snowy owl.