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January 23, 2010

Amherst Island and Presqu’ile

Filed under: Uncategorized — Denny @ 9:45 pm

The plan for the day was to have Cal and Dave scout the owl woods in the morning sifting through all the info from the many weekend birders. At the same tome Vinny, Kevin, Jim and myself took the 6AM ferry off the island and went 90 KM west to Presqu’ile Provential Park. We arrived at the park at daybreak. It was a beautiful sunrise witha  cold breeze off Lake Ontario. When we arrived on Lighthouse road I started to check trhe edges of the tree line while Vinny went deeper into the woournedds to look for Bard Owls. About 10 minutes after we started I found a beautiful Red Tail hawk in a tree in front of the wooded area. Just as I started to photograph the hawk, Vinny retured with a Barred Owl sighting. We continued to photograph tp photograph the hawk and the returned to the wooded area along with 2 Ontario photographers and found the Owl Viny had see. He was perched about 8 feet off the ground on a bare limb of an evergreen tree in beautiful morning light.

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After photographing the hawk for a second time we found a second Barred owl and photographed it. We returned to Bath to see the ferry pulling away so we had a one hour wait for the next crossing. After lunch at the Lodge we returned to Owl Woods to photograph a Boreal Owl (first one ever for me), and a second Saw-Whet Owl.

Vinny and I then left to search the western end of the island. After finding a female snowy owl in a far off field we asked a farmer for permission to drive back to the field an try and photograph it. We did get within 40 yards of the bird before it left and flew to the end of the island where they roost. It was a super day. Lets see what tomorrow brings.

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January 22, 2010

The Owl Woods – Day 1

Filed under: Uncategorized — Denny @ 8:19 pm

We left the Lodge at Amherst Island at 7:30 an headed for the eastern tip of the island in search of snowy owls. Only one was present and was very distant sitting on an Osprey platform. We then traveled to the entrance trail for the owl woods. After searching litterly every tree we heard from an ontario photographer that he had found a Saw-Whet owl.

Within 15 minutes Peter, Vinny, Dave and myself had located the owl. he was located under a large cedar tree stting on a branch about 4 feet off the ground. He was so well hidden you had to go in on your knees to photograph him. My first Saw-Whet and a cuttie his was.

We continued in the woods till 1:30 finding one more Saw-Whet Owl.

Tune in tomorrow for more…

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January 19, 2010

The Owl Woods

Filed under: Photography, Random Thoughts, Uncategorized — Denny @ 11:53 am

I’m off with a few photographer friends to a little island in lake Ontario called Amherst Island. Situated off the coast of Bath, Ontario this island is a magnate for wintering owls.

I am hoping to photograph Saw-Whet, Barred, Boreal, and long-eared owls. Weather is looking good so I will report in as the trip goes with pictures and comments.

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