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"Ocean Shores, Washington ... December 3, 2011"
The Trip:    Went to Ocean Shores, Washington, to look for Snowy Owls being seen on Damon Point ... also stopped by Brown Point to check out the jetty ... got SIX new life birds with photographs of the King Eider, Sanderling, Snowy Owl, and Surfbird ... and viewings of the Black Turnstone and Rock Sandpiper ...

Grays Harbor County:    For more birds seen or photographed in Grays Harbor County ... click here.


Birds seen or photographed at Damon Point or Brown Point, Ocean Shores ... (in alphabetical order):
  1. Black Turnstone ...
  2. Gull (species) ...
  3.   King Eider ... (female)
  4. Northern Harrier ...
  5. Rock Sandpiper ...
  6.   Sanderling ...
  7. Scaup (species) ...
  8.   Snowy Owl ...
  9. Surf Scoter ...
  10.   Surfbird ...
  11. Western Grebe ...
  12. White-winged Scoter ...


 
King Eider ... MORE King Eider images

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King Eider, female, Pacific Ocean at Ocean Shores, Washington. The "Queen Eider". Cold overcast mid-day. Image taken December 3, 2011. Canon EOS 7d, 400mm.


Sanderling ... MORE Sanderling images

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Sanderling, Pacific Ocean, Brown Point at Ocean Shores, Washington. Cold overcast mid-day. Image taken December 3, 2011. Canon EOS 7d, 400mm.


Snowy Owl ... MORE Snowy Owl images

In the Pacific Northwest, the Midwest, and eastern Canada, Snowy Owls are irruptive, appearing only in some winters but not in others. In 2011 Snowy Owls began appearing throughout Washington State. On a visit to Damon Point, Ocean Shores, Washington, in December 2011, this web author saw five different Snowy Owls, while other folks over the days had seen up to eight. Females are larger and darker and males are smaller and whiter.


PLEASE NOTE:   the images you see here are heavily cropped ... these images were shot with a Canon 7d and 400mm lens and keeping back from the Owls ... do NOT creep in close to the Owls and disturb them !!! ... you can get just as nice shots from a distance and then crop them large on your computer ... Lyn

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Snowy Owl, Damon Point, Ocean Shores, Washington. Cold overcast mid-day. Image taken December 3, 2011. Canon EOS 7d, 400mm.
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Snowy Owl, Damon Point, Ocean Shores, Washington. Cold overcast mid-day. Image taken December 3, 2011. Canon EOS 7d, 400mm.


... feathering ... MORE Snowy Owl images

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Feathering ... Snowy Owl, Damon Point, Ocean Shores, Washington. Cold overcast mid-day. Image taken December 3, 2011. Canon EOS 7d, 400mm.
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Feathering ... Snowy Owl, Damon Point, Ocean Shores, Washington. Cold overcast mid-day. Image taken December 3, 2011. Canon EOS 7d, 400mm.


... flying ... MORE Snowy Owl images

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Snowy Owl, female, Damon Point, Ocean Shores, Washington. Cold overcast mid-day. Image taken December 3, 2011. Canon EOS 7d, 400mm.
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Snowy Owl, female, Damon Point, Ocean Shores, Washington. Cold overcast mid-day. Image taken December 3, 2011. Canon EOS 7d, 400mm.
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Snowy Owl, male, Damon Point, Ocean Shores, Washington. Cold overcast mid-day. Image taken December 3, 2011. Canon EOS 7d, 400mm.
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Snowy Owl, male, Damon Point, Ocean Shores, Washington. Cold overcast mid-day. Image taken December 3, 2011. Canon EOS 7d, 400mm.


... male and female ... MORE Snowy Owl images

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Snowy Owls, female, Damon Point, Ocean Shores, Washington. Cold overcast mid-day. Image taken December 3, 2011. Canon EOS 7d, 400mm.
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Snowy Owls, male, Damon Point, Ocean Shores, Washington. Cold overcast mid-day. Image taken December 3, 2011. Canon EOS 7d, 400mm.
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Snowy Owls, Damon Point, Ocean Shores, Washington. Female on left and male on right. Cold overcast mid-day. Image taken December 3, 2011. Canon EOS 7d, 400mm.
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Snowy Owls, Damon Point, Ocean Shores, Washington. Male on left and female on right. Cold overcast mid-day. Image taken December 3, 2011. Canon EOS 7d, 400mm.


... 5 owls seen ... MORE Snowy Owl images

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Snowy Owl, Damon Point, Ocean Shores, Washington. Cold overcast mid-day. Image taken December 3, 2011. Canon EOS 7d, 400mm.


This was the first of five different Snowy Owls I saw this trip. Others that day reported seeing at least eight owls on Damon Point.


Surfbird ... MORE Surfbird images

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Surfbird, North Jetty at Brown Point, Ocean Shores, Washington. Cold overcast mid-day. Image taken December 3, 2011. Canon EOS 7d, 400mm.



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