Monday, January 28, 2013

Hawks, Owls and a Hawk Owl

   The highlight of day one of my birding trip with Dave Boon to Sault St. Marie had to be the 6 Snowy Owls on the Hantz-Centerline Loop near Rudyard.
Snowy Owl #1

Snowy Owl #2

Snowy Owl #3

Snowy Owl #4

Snowy Owl #5
  There were so many Snowys that we didn't even bother to photograph  the 6th one.

   One of the best birds today was the Dark-morph Rough-legged Hawk in the photo below. 

Dark-Morph Rough-legged Hawk

Same bird as above

Light-Morph Rough-legged Hawk

   The Northern Hawk Owl in the photo striking an I-don't-care pose was the third one we searched for but the only we found.  The other two N. Hawk Owls actually didn't care enough to show up at their recent haunts.
Mr. N. Hawk Owl cared

   One thing I've noticed about my past attempts at photographing Snow Buntings was that they never seem to be in focus.  Today when a group of the buntings were stirred up, Dave noted that they were heading for a nearby tree.  So I pointed the camera at the tree and got a pretty good focus on them as well.

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