A bit further down the beach, we started to look for a snowy owl. Amazingly as I lifted my binoculars to my eyes it was directly in my view! It was sitting on a pile of drift wood in the middle of the beach. We had to walk in a very large semi-circle to get on the correct side of the bird to not be shooting back into the sun.
While firing off a few "record shots" and checking my highlight warnings, I noticed the strange icon alerting me that I wasn't recording my photos. After inserting a memory card, the day got better.
Soon it bored of watching us and flew to a decidedly unphotographic location. So we continued our wandering to see if we could find more subjects. Unsuccessful we wandered back. The Snowy Owl had migrated to a much more photographic location. It seemed to take a momentary interest in a flock of Snow Buntings that flew by. After a quick fly by it settled in again.
With the sun high in the sky we began the long trudge back to the car. Thankfully along the way we encountered these Snow Buntings feeding. That kept their attention off of us allowing for some interesting photos