Friday, January 6, 2012
I ended up 2011 with a trip to the Muskegon Wastewater Treatment Plant with Kelly, Wayne and Mike. A huge open area that is surprisingly well know in birding circles. We had heard reports of Snowy Owls being in the area, and of course we had to go photograph them.
We ended up seeing 3 of them that day. One was skittish and wouldn't let us get close, another was on top of a stirring structure and remained there all day, and the one above. He(?) seemed to be somewhat unconcerned about all the attention. We could easily get within 75 feet of him and he would just turn his head and look at us every once in a while.
Talking with another photographer, we found out there had been reports of up to 8 Snowy Owls in the area. Considering the ease we found the 3 we saw, I can believe it. We're pretty sure we saw a glimpse of a Golden Eagle, and more different kinds of ducks than I could name.
It was a great way to end 2011 photographically. I hope your New Years eve went well, and 2012 turns out great.