Community Photos by Lee Cordner
The afternoon started out nice and sunny. I decided to take a side trip and see if I could see any eagles on Shelburne Point. Last year at about this time, I saw a mature bald eagle perched in a tree beside the road. I drove by where I saw the eagle last year but had no luck. I continued out to the shipyard. I looked out across the lake and I saw what appeared to be two ice fishermen and thought how foolish they were because the ice was not that safe. I took a double take and realized what I saw were not fishermen but to my delight, a mature and immature bald eagle on the ice. I watched them for a while and as if they were in the Olympic spirit they started their own ice dance, jumping and half flying. The immature eagle took off to the north and the mature eagle soon followed. They locked talons and rolled in the air. They both headed north around the point and out of sight.
I decided to go down for a quick scout of the Dead Creek area in Addison to see if the snowy owls were still there. As I approached the viewing area I saw several vehicles parked in the lot, I pulled in and on the top branch of a tree was a snowy owl. The owl was very tolerant and seemed to ignore the antics of the viewers. The nice sunny blue sky was gone and the clouds from an approaching snowstorm were covering the area. After about ten minutes the owl left its tree, flew a hundred yards, and caught something in the nearby field. I watched it for over an hour. The owl seemed content, full, and did not have any interest in moving. The sun was getting lower and I decided to see if I could find any other snowy owls. I ended up finding four more, but they were too far away or perched on something that was not very picturesque. I did not have the time to wait for them before the sun had set.
If you haven’t seen a snowy owl they are still in the Dead Creek area, in fact there are more now than in December.
About Lee Cordner:
Lee Cordner has lived all of his life in Vermont. As a child he developed an appreciation for the outdoors and wildlife from his parents.
His father’s interest in photography was passed on to Lee at an early age. Cordner used his photographic talent to work his way through graduate school.
Cordner and his wife live in Colchester, where they made a home for themselves and their two daughters.
Cordner’s specialty is wildlife and outdoor photography however he also photographs sports, portraits and weddings. He shares his talent by contributing to local magazines, newspapers and mailings to many friends throughout the world.
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