Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Cape Neddick Light and a Snowy Owl

On the way home, after capturing the photographs of the Northern Hawk Owl, we stopped in York, Maine to visit Cape Neddick Light (otherwise known as Nubble Light).  The lighthouse stands On Nubble Island at around 100 yards off of Cape Neddick Point..  The lighthouse was dedicated in 1879 and is still in use.  It originally had a lighthouse keeper, but it is unmanned at present.  It Is Listed in the National Register of Historic Places.
The reason for this visit was twofold, one because the lighthouse is beautiful to photograph and the 2nd reason there is supposed to be a snowy owl there.  Arriving in the parking lot at Sohier Park across from the lighthouse, I noticed off to my left a white blur, but could not identify what it was.
After parking, setting up my camera equipment I walked over to would be edge and saw a couple with a spotting scope.  On discussing the snowy owl with them.  They remark that it just flew from the rocks on the left side behind the lighthouse.  Oh well, I decided to see what else was around to photograph and on the rocks on the left side was a pair of Great Cormorants, which were displaying the white patch on their face.- Great Comerants ROT_2732 January 07, 2012 NIKON D3S  I walked over and took photographs of the Cormorants. 

Turning around and looking  at the lighthouse, where I noticed on the fence, the Snowy Owl.  Watching and photographing the owl as it put on a display of preening, looking around, turning its back to us, but having its head, looking at us- Snowy fence ROT_2739 January 07, 2012 NIKON D3S
- Snowy hunchedROT_2754 January 07, 2012 NIKON D3S- Snowy looking backwardROT_2784 January 07, 2012 NIKON D3S(owls can rotate the head 270° because of the number of vertebrae's in its neck).  It then flew up to land on the wires, - Snowy wire ROT_2883 January 07, 2012 NIKON D3Sstayed - Snowy flight wiresROT_2937 January 07, 2012 NIKON D3Sthere for a while and then flew and landed on one of the buildings of the lighthouse.  We really wish that landed on the red building.  Because that would've been up pretty a picture than landing where it did.- Snowy RoofROT_2947 January 07, 2012 NIKON D3S
As it was getting late, going on toward sunset, I went from photographing the owl, to doing scenics of the lighthouse.  I want to the capture lighthouse with its red light showing.- Cape Neddick Light'D7K_1954 January 07, 2012 NIKON D7000
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Because, again, the sky was overcast, I ran this photograph through NIK software, Color Efex Pro 4 and VIVEZA.
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