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Snowy Beach

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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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Canon EOS 7D
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1/200 second
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400 mm
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Date Taken
Nov 23, 2013, 5:04:38 PM
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youlittlemonkey's avatar
Pretty pink skies I am on Long Island I wish I could see a snowy owls I heard they are on Jones Beach.
mydigitalmind's avatar
They are found on Jones beach during the winter. Some years have higher numbers than others.
youlittlemonkey's avatar
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 :)
Acestra's avatar
Like the colors, the windy environment; that's what makes this image alive :)
manyakkk's avatar
Lahki's avatar
Great capture - it looks a bit ood to see an snow owl in sand :D
mydigitalmind's avatar
Thanks! This habitat mimics their arctic habitat :)
KreepingSpawn's avatar
What an awesome encounter.  :)
I'm hoping to spot one this winter as well...
mydigitalmind's avatar
Thank you! This is the year to see them!
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detphoto's avatar
love this...   we are having a big influx of them again this year.....   truly a beautiful creature
mydigitalmind's avatar
This was one of the early ones - there are so many of them now!
detphoto's avatar
we have many up here on the Massachusetts coast right now....  I photographed some last winter too... they are beautiful
panna-cotta's avatar
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!
mydigitalmind's avatar
You're right - I should remove that! Now it's bothering me :D Thank you for the wonderful comments!
Laur720's avatar
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? 
mydigitalmind's avatar
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.
Laur720's avatar
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

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.
natureguy's avatar
Wonderful shot Melissa!
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