|Pair of Surf Scoters|
The tide was extremely low due to the new moon. This allowed us to walk out to areas that were normally under the water and photographs some of the seaweed and shells that were just waiting for the tide to return. There were some interesting abstracts in the sand due to the runoff of the water and a number of the boulders had sea ice on top of them. Flocks of shorebirds wheeling around and flying back and forth. I checked the skies looking for a raptor that may put them up but did not see any.
|Rockweed attached to rock awaiting the return of the ocean|
|Sand pool with seaweed and crustatceans|
Speaking of raptors, a Cooper's Hawk came down the middle of the island and flew toward the mainland. Right around sunset, a Northern Harrier came back from the mainland and flew down to the tip of the island where it was foraging for food. I had met another gentleman who was looking for and hoping for owls and we watched till after sunset hoping that a short-eared owl or snowy owl would appear flying around looking for food. Again no luck.
|SUn Hidden behind clouds with Phragmites blowing in the wind|
Although we struck out on owls, any day out in our natural world around us photographing and observing is better than a day at work.
By the way, these pictures are some that people should obtained if they join me on January 12 for the workshop photographing Gooseberry and Allens Pond. You can sign up at http://www.massaudubon.org/get-outdoors/program-catalog#program:sanctuary=25:program_code=30995