Dec 24, 2011

Snowy Owls Have Returned to our Coast


 The Snowy Owls along the Mud Flats
We had an incredible morning yesterday; we were up early and out to the Mud Flats on Boundary Bay to see the Snowy Owls.  We arrived just as the sun was rising and there were very few people about.  As you looked over the mud flats you could see spots of white in the grasses, it was amazing.  We walked along the dike and they were perched on the logs very close to the dyke so I was able to get a few pictures.  They looked so out of place, shining white in the dark grasses and wet logs; Quite a sight to see.  They are not a regular visitor to our section of the coast, 2005 was their last major visit.  As you can imagine I am itching to finish up with Christmas and start on a drawing of them.  They are really such a beautiful bird. 

Snowy Owls out on the Flats

Owl in Flight
As we left more people were arriving and they started to move away from the dyke, you can see a group of them was forming up on some logs further out.  I was really pleased with my husband, Steve as he got me moving early so we were able to see them.

Owls were not the only birds out on the Mud Flats, this crab apple tree was a favourite for many othere birds as well.


Studio at the Farm said...

How wonderful to have seen them, Wendy!

Brenda Hill said...

Beautiful Birds!

Wendy Mould said...

Yes, they were amazing. I am now alreadying planning my drawing, Christmas dinner is over and my work can begin!!

Gillian Olson said...

They look incredible Wendy. I must get out there to see them before they are gone.

Wendy Mould said...

Yes Gillian, I will look forward to your pictures as you do get the most interesting shots whereever you go. My only advice is go early, we were there at 8:30am and that was a great time. It was just getting light and there were very few people around. Happy New Year.