03-Jan-2015: The following post has been updated. Northside Jim of the Conserve Wildlife Foundation of New Jersey told me that both of the snowy owls shown below are male. A female would have been larger in size than either of them. Jim’s blogs at: https://exit63.wordpress.com/
The Holgate section of the Edwin B Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge is on an island separate from its Brigantine section, the one I regularly frequent. For the first time today, I went to Holgate and walked along the beach, for a total of 4 miles round trip. It was worth it, as I saw not one but two snowy owls. Less than a mile from the entrance, two birders enthusiastically pointed out a male snowy owl lying on the sand.
Another mile from the above male, I saw another beautiful one. Every time my camera beeped, it turned to look at me but otherwise did not seem to mind my shooting
Finally it decided that I was close enough, stood up and prepared to fly away.
It was truly most majestic in flight, but I could not react fast enough to take any picture. Last year, I did manage to take two shots of a snowy owl, also a female, in flight. Click here to view them.
A fellow photographer told me there was a third one, a juvenile snowy owl, but I did not see it. Juveniles are not as white as adult owls, so they can be well camouflaged amid the dunes and vegetation.