This afternoon, I decided to take advantage of the unseasonably warm weather to take a trip to the beach. Not to go for a swim, but to spot a Snowy Owl, rumored to have taken up residence recently at Jones Beach. After wandering around the dunes for a while unsuccessfully, I spotted a semi-circle of about a dozen photogs with huge telephoto lenses on tripods. Bingo!
I was probably the only one there without a fancy camera, so unfortunately my pics are a bit lo-res, despite the fact that we were able to get pretty close without fazing him. Male Snowies start out with dark brown barring on their feathers when young and grow whiter with age. So I'm going to assume this owl is quite old and, therefore, wise :)