At the Pt. Mouillee HQ the Huron River was showing whitecaps, and only a few ducks could be seen bobbing between the waves. I managed to find a pair of American Coot hiding in the shallows next to the boat launch and grabbed a few pics from inside the car.
I returned home shortly before 5 pm and had dinner w/ Robin. We decided to go for a walk, so as I was putting my shoes back on I noticed an e-mail from Andrew Sturgess reporting 5 Snowy Owls in Cell 1 at Pt. Mouillee! Should I go back and look for them? I decided to go for our walk instead. By the time we returned to the house 30 minutes later I decided I HAD to go or I would regret it for the rest of my life. So I grabbed my cameras and bike and drove down to Roberts Rd. parking lot at 5:30 pm.
As I arrived at the parking lot the winds were blowing at a steady 50 mph pace. I didn't have to peddle the bike and was pushed from the parking lot to the east side of Cell 1 w/ just the wind at my back. The sun was in a perfect setting for nice photos, assuming that any birds were around, so I pushed on toward the middle of Cell 1 where the giant wood chip pile was located. No birds in sight. Anywhere. Was Andrew playing an April Fool's joke? I hoped not...
The female was sleepy and paid me little mind. I managed some nice portrait shots from about 100' away before heading back toward the bike.
The female was about equidistant from the male so I spent a few minutes digiscoping her before heading back to the bike.
As I moved around the numerous puddles the male bird suddenly took off from his perch and flew toward the dike and where my bike was located, so I followed him for a short while and took some long-distant digiscoped images from about 150' away.
I was happy with my digiscoping efforts despite the high winds. It would take some effort to get back to the car, but I was happy that I made the trek. Thank you, Mr. Sturgess!