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My friend and I were in New Jersey photographing waterfowl and decided to follow up on some Snowy Owl sightings in Sandy Hook. Our detour paid off with this cooperative young female. Light was fading, but it made for a great setting.

Sandy Hook, New Jersey
Canon 7D / EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS USM

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:iconyoulittlemonkey:
youlittlemonkey Featured By Owner May 20, 2015
Pretty pink skies I am on Long Island I wish I could see a snowy owls I heard they are on Jones Beach.
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:iconmydigitalmind:
mydigitalmind Featured By Owner May 26, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
They are found on Jones beach during the winter. Some years have higher numbers than others.
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:iconyoulittlemonkey:
youlittlemonkey Featured By Owner May 26, 2015
When my husband was a live we would go to Jones beach I haven't been there since but I've heard adout the snowy owls :)
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Acestra Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Like the colors, the windy environment; that's what makes this image alive :)
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:iconmydigitalmind:
mydigitalmind Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you!
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:iconmanyakkk:
manyakkk Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2014  Professional Artisan Crafter
love this.

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:iconmydigitalmind:
mydigitalmind Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks :)
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:iconlahki:
Lahki Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Great capture - it looks a bit ood to see an snow owl in sand :D
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:iconmydigitalmind:
mydigitalmind Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks! This habitat mimics their arctic habitat :)
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KreepingSpawn Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
What an awesome encounter.  :)
I'm hoping to spot one this winter as well...
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:iconmydigitalmind:
mydigitalmind Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you! This is the year to see them!
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:iconkreepingspawn:
KreepingSpawn Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
I hope so!  :la:
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detphoto Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2013
love this...   we are having a big influx of them again this year.....   truly a beautiful creature
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:iconmydigitalmind:
mydigitalmind Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
This was one of the early ones - there are so many of them now!
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detphoto Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2013
we have many up here on the Massachusetts coast right now....  I photographed some last winter too... they are beautiful
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panna-cotta Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Wow, what an amazing photo! I love the sky, it makes everything look quite mysterious. I also like how the wind is blowing but the owl is just sitting still.
I wouldn't have noticed if not the pretty watermark I was looking at, but there is something green in the left-bottom corner which is a bit distracting. You may want to consider cropping it out but it's not a big deal ;)
All in all, wonderful shot!
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:iconmydigitalmind:
mydigitalmind Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
You're right - I should remove that! Now it's bothering me :D Thank you for the wonderful comments!
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mecengineer Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2013
excellent
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:iconmydigitalmind:
mydigitalmind Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you!
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Laur720 Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2013   Photographer
Beautiful shot. I am hoping to go this weekend. Are they still around sandy hook? or do you know of any resources for recent sightings or if they are still in the area? 
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:iconmydigitalmind:
mydigitalmind Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
They are still there. I only found out from a friend. You would have to find out locations through New Jersey birding lists, sites or Facebook groups.
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Laur720 Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2013   Photographer
Thank you, I went to sandy hook today with my mom, unfortunately I didn't see any. I looked around north beach and around gunnison. We went around 3 and it was getting later so my mom didn't really want to go hiking or walk around to see them, since it was a bit deserted and was getting dark and we live about an hour away, so she didn't want to drive home in the dark. I had gone in to the lighthouse and heard from a ranger a place they seeing them by a dredging area, but before I  could investigate it, we were heading home.

Thank you very much for the info. I kept checking a bird list birding.aba.org/maillist/NJ01

I found it a bit useful but not too specific, I think it could be useful for future sightings. You are really lucky to have seen them :). I don't know if I will get to make another trip, but I have heard of one in Seabright and on the few sightings from that page and will hope to keep listening/hear for more. Thank you.
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natureguy Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Wonderful shot Melissa!
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:iconmydigitalmind:
mydigitalmind Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you!
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Andres-Cadena Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Very nice!
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:iconmydigitalmind:
mydigitalmind Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks!
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bydandphotography Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
:wow: amazing shot!
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:iconmydigitalmind:
mydigitalmind Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks!
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007Blacksheep Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2013  Professional General Artist
WOW, what a great picture.
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:iconmydigitalmind:
mydigitalmind Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you!
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SilverVulpine Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
… Snowy owl on a beach? 

I'VE NEVER SEEN ANYTHING LIKE IT IN MY LIFE!!! :faint:
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:iconmydigitalmind:
mydigitalmind Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
:D It was a nice surprise!
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SilverVulpine Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Cool. :)
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Seb-Photos Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
This is a great capture!
Love the colors!
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:iconmydigitalmind:
mydigitalmind Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you! I was lucky that she stayed for sunset :D
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Seb-Photos Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
You're welcome!
Indeed, we are lucky that she stayed ;)
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alomhordozo57 Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2013
Nice shot!
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:iconmydigitalmind:
mydigitalmind Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks!
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MimiManderly Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2013
"Dang!  What are those humans doing here?  I came to the beach off-season specifically to avoid crowds!"

Heehee... owls always look slightly vexed!
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:iconmydigitalmind:
mydigitalmind Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
I'm sure she had a lot of visitors throughout the day :) Even the fishermen were curious.
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MagicRat Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2013
Oh she's beautiful.
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:iconmydigitalmind:
mydigitalmind Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Indeed!!!
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MAS0000 Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2013
that's great shot !! 
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:iconmydigitalmind:
mydigitalmind Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks!
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phalalcrocorax Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2013
This is a GREAT picture !!! I really like it ! The lighting condition is peacefull and fit well with this bird standing in the grass.

Well done ;)
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:iconmydigitalmind:
mydigitalmind Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you!
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GarryKirsch Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
That is a great setting! I glad you showed so much of the surroundings, it makes for a great composition! Well done!
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:iconmydigitalmind:
mydigitalmind Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
This is the one time I was not disappointed to be too far back for a close up :D
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kayaksailor Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2013
what an incredible sight!!! (and capture :love:) I had no idea owls would "land" on the beach/sand dunes - but I guess if you're going for a gopher or mouse you land where they are :laughing: She looks almost out of place when you're used to seeing them in trees and fence posts :D
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:iconmydigitalmind:
mydigitalmind Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
I think there are plenty of mice in the dunes. She kept looking back to where there was more grass... probably getting ready for another kill!
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Canon EOS 7D
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1/200 second
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F/6.3
Focal Length
400 mm
ISO Speed
400
Date Taken
Nov 23, 2013, 5:04:38 PM
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Adobe Photoshop CS6 (Windows)
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