1,000 Words: The Ultimate Snowbird

Snowy owls hail from the frozen tundra of the far north. However, during the coldest months of the year, they’ll often fly south in search of food. During the extremely cold winter of 2013-14, I started hearing reports of a snowy owl that had made it all the way to Little Talbot Island State Park, near Jacksonville, Florida. The park is an undeveloped barrier island with desert-like white sand dunes that might resemble frozen tundra. I drove three hours to reach the park, then moved up the island, fighting the cold and heavy surf. I could see people gathering in one area and, as I moved closer, saw the owl; I immediately started taking photos. The owl found plenty of food and stayed a few months before returning north.


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