Snowy Owl at Hartlen Point
It's always sad when a mass invasion of Snowy Owls happens. It usually means they are either starving on their breeding grounds due to a collapse in the lemming population or there is a sudden increase in the owl population due to a temporary explosion of the lemming population. In either case many Snowy Owls are forced to head south in search of food or new territory. This boom to bust cycle is not one of Mother Nature's most pleasant events.
I hadn't tried to photograph these birds until today. I arrived at Hartlen Point, Dartmouth, a couple of hours after sunrise and after some searching found a single bird on the edge of the golf course. It appeared to be in decent shape but it is hard to tell by just looking at one from a distance.
I returned home by way of the Sambro Loop. I spotted a Northern Goshawk overhead the Old Sambro Road and Hooded Mergansers in the small cove by the Sambro fish plant.
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