Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Snowy Owl nyctea scandiaca

Reshare If you follow this link,you will see the better pictures of a rare sight around here,a beautiful snowy owl.
My friend,Jen,& I braved the elements today to see if he was still in the area in Shippensburg where he was seen.Bundled up like the kids from the Christmas story,we drove to the farmers field where he was seen.There were only about 4 cars there,I said to a man from West Virginia,the owl left,didn`t he? The man was struggling to put this gigantic lensed camera into his car & said ,no,he`s right there.We squinted & I will you show the the awful pictures I took because he was so far away hovering among the rocks.I blindly snapped pictures,unaware if he was looking at us or not.Everyone respected the owl & did not walk across the field to take better pictures.
My family "hooted" when they saw my pictures-well,he looks like a melting snowman,no,maybe a bunny,but I was stubborn & said I was putting them out there anyhow.I`ll try again maybe tomorrow.He has been here since the 16th,am afraid he will leave soon.It was a rare & humbling sight,he is a large bird.
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9 comments:

Martha Z said...

I heard about these, I wish I lived that area, I'd love to see them for myself.

phylliso said...

He was so big & so awesome,Martha.

Gary said...

Great sighting of the Snowy!! Boom & Gary of the Vermilon River, Canada.

Andrew said...

A wonderful bird to see... and I havn't so many thanks for sharing yours.

Larry said...

Standing 2 feet tall with a wingspan of 5 feet is most impressive! It's not the quality of the photos that counts Phyllis, it's the fact that you were able to stand in the presence of such a creature! Bravo! I hope to see one some day, maybe someday soon!

phylliso said...

Thank-you,I went back today with my dh,but he is gone now.I will never forget it.The last time I remember people talking of seeing one in these parts was before I was born,over 50 years ago,so I`m thankful.I just wish I would`ve stalked him from the very beginning with everyone else.People claimed to have seen him fly onto one of those posts,I`ll bet that was something,phyllis

John said...

Great to see a Snowy Owl! A stunning bird that have only ever seen in captivity, one day that may change!
J
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ButchCountry said...

I will try and get a few decent photos for you, we have great snowy owls out the wahzoo here, seriously, I've counted no less than 4 separate snowy owls on my daily trek to the city, just today I saw a young small snowy owl flying not so gracefully across the field behind our house, during the summer it was hawks & falcons,this is the 3rd winter for snowy owls, each winter there seems to be more and more of them, as I said I will get some photos for you.

eileeninmd said...

Snowy owls are beautiful, great sighting. Congrats!