Tuesday, February 10, 2009
Yesterday I saw my first-ever Snowy Owl! The owl was in a water-logged farm field about 150 yards out from the road. It was hunkered down on one of the few dry spots available, trying to stay out of the force of the strong winds. The dark barring on the sides and the top of the head indicate it is a juvenile. I managed to get the grainy photo on the left. My picture does not do justice to the magnificent bird, but it does serve to illustrate how well camouflaged these owls are in their native tundra habitat. Just imagine what it would look like if this field were covered with a blanket of white snow. Could you even see the owl?
So that you can really appreciate the beauty of this Snowy Owl, here is a wonderful photograph of this same bird, taken a few days earlier by Paul Roisen.