Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Ontario Beach and Charlotte Pier • January 25


Ontario Beach and Charlotte Pier, Monroe, US-NY
Jan 25, 2012
Protocol: Incidental
Comments:     It was an overcast 31F noontime stop at Charlotte Pier. Long-tailed Duck numbers continue to grow with the collected sum near the base of the pier in the 100+ range. Apart from Mallards, no other duck species were spotted. Scanning the area, I finally found the Snowy Owl at the end of Charlotte Pier. The pier's surface was a mixture of dry and icy areas. A crouching approach would have been impossible with the ice, so I settled for diagnostic shots from about a third of the way along the pier. As I slowly moved along, I glanced down the channel towards the lake and noticed an isolated female Long-tailed Duck. Almost immediately forgetting the duck, I resumed taking pictures of the Snowy when the owl suddenly crouched down and took a laser focus in my direction. A bit concerned by the gaze, it all became clear when the owl launched and glided to the channel and snatched the Long-tail cleanly with its talons and took off for Summerville Pier with the duck's body swaying like a grotesque pendulum. I recovered from my startle to get pictures of the owl's approach to Summerville Pier and landing behind the one shrub near the end of the pier. It was there she started to have lunch. Though at range, the pictures turned out not half bad.


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Long-tailed Duck

Long-tailed Duck



Video of the Long-tailed Ducks: http://youtu.be/bI_Ez7oXZ3w




Snowy Owl near the end of Charlotte Pier

Snowy Owl

Snowy Owl

Snowy Owl

Snowy Owl just spotting lunch ...

Snowy Owl - Locked and Loaded!

Snowy Owl with Long-tailed Duck

Snowy Owl with Long-tailed Duck

Snowy Owl with Long-tailed Duck

Snowy Owl with Long-tailed Duck

Snowy Owl with Long-tailed Duck

Snowy Owl with Long-tailed Duck


1 species


Snowy Owl  1


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