Snowy owl on the prowl

A snowy owl photographed near State Beach in Oak Bluffs.
Photo by Steve Myrick

A snowy owl photographed near State Beach in Oak Bluffs.

Some days, you just get lucky. After several days of searching all the likely snowy owl spots, without sighting a single bird, this owl turned up 10 feet off Beach Road, between big bridge and little bridge.

snowy owl-3The owl was having a tough day. First a woman with an iPhone jumped out of her car and scared him off. He landed in the dunes across Beach Road, near State Beach. Then four crows began to harass him, dive bombing and creating a cackling racket.

snowy owlHe flew off once again, and landed in some tall grass, where he found some peace, until this photographer crept a little too close. He lifted off, banked, and flew right in front of me.

Here are the specifics for photographers.

Camera: Nikon D7000

Lens: Nikkor 70-300 zoom

ISO: 200

Shutter speed: 1/800 second

Aperture: f/5.6

Some days, you just get lucky.