There has been a lot of buzz about the Snowy Owl irruption last year and this year. I didn’t get a Snowy Owl last year. Today after getting a whopping 23” of snow I got my life bird. I actually digiscoped this with my spotting scope and a point and shoot, so the photo is a little course.
This is a juvenile owl. Most likely a first year bird. The owl has a bit of blood under the right eye. I’m hoping the blood stain is because it was a messy eater. Snowy Owls are known lemming munchers but they will take waterfowl, rabbits, squirrels, weasels, wading birds, and geese. So I’m hoping that this owl just needs a face washing.
This is the scene from deck. The Osprey platform is quite a ways out on the salt marsh. Below are shots with my 300mm on a cropped sensor.
Another snapshot cropped down. Other than the apparent injury under the eye, the bird looks fine. He flies very well, so I’m sure he’s okay.