Sunday, January 5, 2014

Snow Much Fun!!!

A rare Florida visitor, indeed!
A Snowy Owl has taken up residence at a state park near Jacksonville, Florida for a little over a week. This is reported to be only the 3rd ever confirmed Snowy Owl sighting in Florida.


I made the trip to see the Snowy Owl at Little Talbot Island State Park on Friday morning. The owl was hunkered down on a dune, a good distance away from the viewing crowd. 


It was a chilly (by Florida standards) morning with strong winds blowing 20+ mph. The owl remained still most of the time that I was there, occasionally preening or stretching.





29 comments:

  1. wow! amazing that they will get that far south!!! i know they've been hitting the NE this year (last year seemed the NW). sure hope they're finding food plentiful.

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    1. It is pretty amazing to find one so far south! I too hope it is finding enough to eat so it will have the strength to make back up north!

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  2. Very cool, I hope it survives. It is a beautiful owl, awesome photos!

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    1. Thank you, Eileen! It is a real beauty!

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  3. Wow, that is a bird I would love to see in the wild, nice photos Tammy.

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  4. There has been quite the eruption of Snowy Owls, but I never thought of finding one in FL!! Nice pics.

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    1. Thank you, Karen! I never imagined seeing one here either! I grew up near Lake Ontario in NY and saw them occasionally in the winter.

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  5. Hola Tammy bellas imagenes de esta cita que habeis tenido de Florida,rara para la latitud supongo que por los fuertes vientos y el temporal de nieve que esta padeciendo EEUU.Un fuerte abrazo y feliz semana

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    1. Thank you, Antonio! I was glad to see this rare visitor. I hope it will fare well!

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  6. Aren't snow owls amazing? I very rare treat indeed. I love seeing one in the wild. Very beautiful.
    xo Catherine

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    1. They are amazing! Its been a very long time since I've seen one in the wild. Are they common in your area?

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  7. Excellent bird Tammy, I saw one many years ago in Lincolnshire but would love to see another, great shots as ever :-)

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    1. Thank you for your comments, Alan!

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  8. My daughter told me last night about the Snowy Owl sightings in Jacksonville. I'm so glad you were able to make the trip up there to see and photograph them right here in Florida. I'm exciting for you - your shots are amazing, well done my blogger friend :)

    Hugs to lil' birder xo

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    1. Hi Pam, I was so happy that I was able to make it up there! We were on a trip out of Fl when the owl was first discovered so I was glad it stuck around for a while. Thanks so much for your kind comments:)

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  9. Hi Tammy, So happy you got to see this unique bird up in the Jacksonville, FL area. I am in Marion County but can't make it up to see the bird. Thanks for sharing the views. Nice photographs! I was referred by my blog friend, TexWisGirl, of the Run Around Ranch Blog. Have an outstanding coming week!

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    1. Thanks so much for stopping by and for your comments! I hope you have a great week too!

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  10. Lucky you! Great shots Tammy!

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  11. The snowy owl is a fantastic bird, great pictures you got from it. Enjoyed the whole series.

    Ottar

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  12. I don't believe this !! I'm glad you got such good photos Tammy otherwise I wouldn't have believed it. We use to have a pair breeding in the North of the British Isles, but I have never seen one in the wild. I'm really pleased for you.
    All the very best Gordon.

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  13. Great shots you got of him. Beautiful! I heard the weather there was not good. I probably won't make it up there so glad to see your shots.

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  14. What a great photos of the snowy owl.
    Very well photographed Tammy, my compliments.
    Greetings Irma

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  15. I do like a good photo of an owl but a snowy in Florida. Must be on this annual vacation

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  16. I like this snowowl...... good serie tammy.

    Greetings, Joop

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  17. What a stunning bird! I assume it must feel a little out of place in Florida - although the sand does look a little like snow at first glance.

    Cheers - Stewart M - Melbourne

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  18. Hello Tammy,
    Amazing shots!!
    That must be great to see this owl. So beautiful!!

    Best regards, Marco

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  19. I can't believe this, I wonder if this is a vagrant, how did it fly south? Well, I don't blame him!

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  20. Wow is all I can say. Great job. Heard about this on the news . wonder if he's still there. definatly worth the trip. Great shots. Lauren

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