Snowy Owl at Kent Narrows Maryland

With huge thanks to my photographer friend Steve (SJT Photography) for giving me a bird-alert Wednesday night, two miles from my home we have been given the rare and awesome opportunity to see and photograph a Snowy Owl!  She has been perching on top of the Narrows Point Townhouses, adjacent to Mears Point Marina, for a couple days now.

Snowy Owls spend summers far north of the Arctic Circle hunting lemmings, ptarmigan, and other prey in 24-hour daylight.  Some years, North American Snowy Owls may remain on their breeding grounds year-round, while others migrate in winter to southern Canada and the northern half of the contiguous United States.  In the northern plains, New York, and New England, Snowy Owls occur regularly in winter.  Elsewhere, such as here in the Mid-Atlantic, the Pacific Northwest, the Midwest, and eastern Canada, Snowy Owls may appear only in some winters but not in others.

I was able see our visiting Snowy Owl, which that in itself was such a thrill to me!  When I arrived at the marina, it was easy to find the best spot to view.  Birders with binoculars & scopes and bird photographers were all packed on a small corner of the marina’s second floor balcony.  Everyone was chatting excitedly and very cordial in allowing me to get up front.  🙂  I was told by the group it was a young female.

The distance was a lot for my 70-200mm with 1.7x teleconverter, but I am thrilled that I did get these photos just to have for my catalog and share.

Here’s my full frame photo with no crop.  She was still so far!

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I was given the opportunity to view through a couple of the HUGE pro lens, and WOW!  I was so jealous, I had the smallest lens there…

The Snowy Owl was in two locations, and I used three different locations during my three short visits.  Here’s three of my photos cropped best I could without giving up too much on quality.

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Next is the same photo cropped some more… can see her yellow eyes!

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She was gorgeous even from afar!

I could not make it over today until late afternoon to find a lone photographer hanging out, scanning the whole area with his binoculars, so I didn’t stop.  I hope to get a chance tomorrow to see if the Snowy Owl is still around.  It is, of course, unknown how long she may stay; so if you live in the area, try to slip over to Mears Point Marina and just look for the group of people with cameras.  They’ll show you where she is if she’s still here!



44 thoughts on “Snowy Owl at Kent Narrows Maryland

  1. Glad you were able to find and photograph him Donna! Hopefully he (she?) will stick around the area for a bit and give you and others the opportunity to photograph him a bit closer. I will try to make a trip out your way if the weather cooperates and if the Snowy decides to stay a while.

  2. I’m happy for you that you were able to see one in real life, they’re awesome birds!

    By the way, you can sign up through to receive email notifications of rare bird sightings in your area. That has led me to several special sightings over the past few years.

    • Thanks Jerry, I’ve always enjoyed your SO photos, what a thrill for us down here! My friend Steve had gotten the eBird alert, and I’m now subscribed, thanks for advising, great info for all of us! 🙂

    • Thanks Rick, you’re right, hard to see any owl, lol. I’ve gotten photos of only one other wild owl (not in captivity) only because another birder showed me a hidden nest. 🙂

      • I actually hit one with my car when we lived in Pacific North West – or rather, he flew in front of me. It was dusk and I was driving down a local rural road at about 45 mph. Suddenly there was a thump accompanied by the momentary image of a very surprised owl (they always looks sort of surprised. . . ) with his face against my windshield. It all happened in an instant, but that image of an astonished, wide-eyed owl against my windshield has stayed vividly in my memory for close to 20 years.

  3. I’m envious! Last year there several of them in an area about 50 miles from here but I wasn’t lucky enough to find them. Maybe this year.

      • I was just watching an xfinity on demand show about them on PBS yesterday. Not sure if you subscribe and could take a look. I only saw the first part of it but I’m going to go back and watch the whole hour. It follows a family of snowy owls. They’re so gorgeous. I’m really amazed you saw any on the shore here in MD.

        • I’ll look for it, I love those kinds of shows. We were super-lucky for the visit here. Last year we had one visiting about 7 miles from me, it was perching on the Chesapeake Bay Bridge. It was a bad time for me so I didn’t get to make it over then. I asked a pro ‘birder’ could this one be the same one, he said unlikely. I don’t know, maybe she likes the Chesapeake Bay and our tributaries! Us ‘gals’ do what we want and change up things all the time! lol

  4. Absolutely lovely! I have yet to catch sight of a snowy. I don’t suppose it’s not too likely on the Oregon coast. Perhaps on a trip somewhere someday.

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