|Sunrise at Plum Island Beach|
Sunday was the day after the big snowstorm, the skies were clear, temperature in the 20s with a stiff wind blowing. We were going to start at Parker River National Wildlife Refuge, but the gate was closed. We ended up photographing the sunrise at the beach on Plum Island. The snow was blowing as well as the sand and waves were crashing into the rocks.
We then carpooled, after leaving some of the cars in the parking lot in Newburyport, up to Salisbury State Reservation where there was a group of people viewing and photographing a snowy owl on the ground. For a number of our participants it was the first time that they ever saw or a snowy owl and John help them obtain their photographs. We could not explore further into the reservation because the gate was closed in the road had not been plowed yet.
|Snowy Owl in the Snow|
We then backtrack stopping again at the local "hotspots" where again we were skunked. We ended up again at Salisbury where there was again a snowy owl among the snow and ice drifts. We stopped and photographed the owl and then continued into the reservation since the roads were plowed searching for additional subjects to photograph. At the boat ramp, white wing scoters were in the water and able to be photographed.
|Snowy Owl among Ice Flows|
We did want to capture the sunset and decided to do it back at Salisbury where prior until sunset there was again another snowy owl present on the opposite side of the road. We photograph this beautiful bird again, it then took off, and I was able to capture some flight pictures and then it landed in a tree looking at us with its golden eyes wide open.
|Snowy Owl and the Snow during the Golden Hour|
|Snowy Owl in Flight|
|Snowy Owl Landing in a Tree|
|Sunset at Salisbury with a Tree Silhouette|