Saturday was no different, fantastic birding. Access with a vehicle is by permit only so I packed up my gear and off I went on foot. I didn't expect to walk as far as I did, but when a great photo op exists I think I'd walk to the moon. One of three snowies was most recently spotted at the base of Plum Hills on Saquish Island. Clearly I wasn't paying attention because I walked right up on what I thought was plastic bag, but when I got within 15 feet, it immediated teed right up for me on a branch. I took over 100 photos thinking I may never get another opportinity like this one. I spent 30 minutes on my belly in the sand.
Snowy Owl (female) Duxbury Beach
On my way back, I realized that I'd really walked a long distance and was exhausted. I looked it up today and it was appxomately 4 miles out. 8 miles for a snowy. Jeesh! You better really like it. I tell ya! I was also pretty lucky on the way back I saw some great birds. Black scoters, White winged scoters, long-tailed ducks, northern gannets, red breasted mergansers, snow buntings, northern harrier, sharp-shinned, and many different gulls species. I didn't spend alot of time as the wind was amazing. It was sustained at 25 mpg. I did take a few more photos though.
Juvenile Bonaparte's Gull
I also got a juvenile brant which threw me for a loop as it was missing the typical white line. All in all a great day. Beautiful sunshine, blue sky, ocean waves, and plenty of birds.