I have few words to describe it when I first laid eyes on my first Snowy Owl in the wild. It was a surreal moment that I will remember for a long time.
We decided to take a break from working on our house earlier in the week and plan a day trip somewhere. We decided on Hammonasset Beach State Park in Connecticut, a place we’ve visited twice this year and had great sightings. This was the first time visiting in the winter.
Turned out we picked a good spot, as this was one of many new birds I’ve never seen or photographed before. This is now the fourth owl species I’ve seen in the wild since taking an interest in photography.
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No, it’s not the website under construction (at least, not yet), but our house! We have been renovating the first of our rooms for the last few weeks.
I am no handyman and know very little about this stuff, but my wife and I, with the help of my dad, having been learning a little bit each day and getting things done slowly.
This project has consumed us as of late, which is why the posts at Local Exploration stopped so suddenly. I have not forgotten about everyone!
By the time daybreak had hit on the way to Los Haitses National Park, I had seen more cattle egrets than I could count. Seriously, hundreds… and I couldn’t get any pictures with my camera from the bus.
Thankfully, there were no shortage of cattle egrets at the park too! While everyone was stretching after the four hour bus ride, I was already running around snapping photos of the wildlife surrounding us.
The longer I stood still, the closer they would get. Unfortunately, the rest of the tour began boarding the boat to go on the next leg of the excursion. At least a few shots for my life list!
Another bird that we saw a few of throughout the boat tour in the jungle was the great egret. Again, it’s another bird we have back at home, but it’s not often we get such up close views in an exotic setting.
Black-crowned Night Herons are nothing new for me, as they can be found around where I live as well. However, I’ve never been so close to one before in my life! I took this shot from the tour boat through the jungle.
The thick jungle vegetation made it pretty dimly lit, but I was just happy to see interesting wildlife up close like that.
Los Haitises National Park
While in the Dominican Republic, we booked one excursion from the resort – to Los Haitises National Park. It was a four hour bus ride through the heart of the country with a tour guide telling us about the sights.
Upon arrival to the park, we boarded a boat which took us through the jungle. We saw and heard uncommon white-necked crows, and also a variety of herons and egrets. We then came into Samana Bay, where I photographed most of the wildlife on the trip (more of that over the next few days).
We also visited some caves and a waterfall. Quite a packed day! Most of the photos here were taken by my wife as I focused on trying to photograph the wildlife. You can see some of the photos in the attached gallery.