The Snowy Owl (nyctea scandiaca)The Snowy Owl is typically found in the northern circumpolar region, where it makes its summer home north of latitude 60 degrees north. However, it is a particularly nomadic bird, and because population fluctuations in its prey species can force it to relocate, it has been known to breed at more southerly latitudes. During the last glacial, there was a Central Europe Bubo scandiacus gallicus, but no modern subspecies are recognized.
This species of owl nests on the ground, building a scrape on top of a mound or boulder. A site with good visibility, ready access to hunting areas, and a lack of snow is chosen. Gravel bars and abandoned eagle nests may be used. Breeding occurs in May, and depending on the amount of prey available, clutch sizes range from 5 to 14 eggs, which are laid singly, approximately every other day over the course of several days. Hatching takes place approximately five weeks after laying, and the pure white young are cared for by both parents. Both the male and the female defend the nest and their young from predators. Some individuals stay on the breeding grounds while others migrate.
( Info courtesy Wikipedia )
This one was shot during a very cold day at the Hawk Conservancy Trust at Weyhill on a visit with my very good friend Richard ( Mossy).
Most gratified and appreciative of the superb response shown to the Fennec's. Thank you all.
|Camera:||Nikon D300S Check out Nikon Nation!|
|Lens:||Nikon 300mm f4 + 1.4 TC |
|Recording media:||JPEG (digital)|
|Date Taken:||2 Nov 2012 - 3:10 PM|
|Lens Max Aperture:||f/5.7|
|Exposure Mode:||Aperture-priority AE|