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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.

Ron

Brand:NIKON CORPORATION
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
Focal Length:420mm
Lens Max Aperture:f/5.7
Aperture:f/7.1
Shutter Speed:1/800sec
Exposure Comp:+1/3
ISO:800
Exposure Mode:Aperture-priority AE
Metering Mode:Spot
Flash:No Flash
White Balance:Auto
Title:Snowy Owl
Username:Maiwand Maiwand
Uploaded:5 Dec 2012 - 8:32 AM
Tags:Birds.HCT., Captive, Owls, Pets / captive animals, Snowy
Votes:82

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Badgerfred
Badgerfred e2 Member 7Badgerfred vcard Wales
5 Dec 2012 - 8:38 AM

Excellent action capture Ron,
Fred.

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NDODS
NDODS e2 Member 32885 forum postsNDODS vcard United Kingdom99 Constructive Critique Points
5 Dec 2012 - 8:45 AM

A quite remarkable inflight photograph, superb detail and clarity. I clearly have a long way to go before I capture such wonderful photographs as this.

Regards Nathan

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CarolG
CarolG e2 Member 7128 forum postsCarolG vcard Greece16 Constructive Critique Points
5 Dec 2012 - 8:54 AM

A stunning bird, Ron, perfectly captured in flight. Carol

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franken
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5 Dec 2012 - 8:57 AM

A stunning in-flight image Ron.

Ken

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johnjo58
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5 Dec 2012 - 9:05 AM

A wonderful bird beautifully captured in flight. I know it is not easy to get theses at an open event, well done
David

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CaroleS
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5 Dec 2012 - 9:19 AM

A fantastic in flight shot.
Carole

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Fefe
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5 Dec 2012 - 9:28 AM

Lovely shot of a lovely bird!
Diane

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MossyOak
MossyOak  2 England15 Constructive Critique Points
5 Dec 2012 - 9:30 AM

This is superb Ron
Cracking detail and angle of wings to show a great eye. I'm still thawing out Smile
Richard

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Ayoob
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5 Dec 2012 - 9:55 AM

Cracking in flight capture...Grin

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NeilWigan
NeilWigan e2 Member 4NeilWigan vcard England15 Constructive Critique Points
5 Dec 2012 - 10:02 AM

Caught the eye very well, Ron, in a great inflight shot.

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Meheecho
Meheecho  1275 forum posts United Kingdom
5 Dec 2012 - 10:13 AM

Stunning shot--well done
Steve

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Alan_Baseley
Alan_Baseley e2 Member 13320 forum postsAlan_Baseley vcard England2 Constructive Critique Points
5 Dec 2012 - 10:47 AM

Great capture Ron,
Alan

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Hermanus
Hermanus  2 South Africa
5 Dec 2012 - 10:49 AM

A great photo Ron !! Thanx too for the good info provided for us southern hemisphere guys SmileGrin

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sparrowhawk
sparrowhawk e2 Member 5267 forum postssparrowhawk vcard United Kingdom2 Constructive Critique Points
5 Dec 2012 - 10:55 AM

wonderfull shot

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Brian65
Brian65 e2 Member 5Brian65 vcard United Kingdom
5 Dec 2012 - 11:18 AM

Great shot Ron, and thanks for the info.
Brian

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bobhowell
bobhowell e2 Member 1bobhowell vcard United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
5 Dec 2012 - 12:57 PM

Absolute stunning Ron and so well presented. Bob

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Daisymaye
Daisymaye e2 Member 5Daisymaye vcard Canada9 Constructive Critique Points
5 Dec 2012 - 1:53 PM

A stunning capture. Love the detailed eye.......Sandy

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rayme330
rayme330 e2 Member 2rayme330 vcard United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
5 Dec 2012 - 2:09 PM

Brilliant in flight capture, Ron and well presented.

Ray

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taggart
taggart e2 Member 942 forum poststaggart vcard United States12 Constructive Critique Points
5 Dec 2012 - 2:15 PM

This is a most beautiful capture-- Great skill would be required to make such a fine image!

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FeatherFriend
FeatherFriend e2 Member 6FeatherFriend vcard England216 Constructive Critique Points
5 Dec 2012 - 2:56 PM

Super detailed in flight shot Ron and placed in the frame beautifully, well done on the exp too, never easy with the whites,
Geoff.

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Lillian
Lillian e2 Member 5Lillian vcard United Kingdom16 Constructive Critique Points
5 Dec 2012 - 4:25 PM

A real pleasure to make this the 40th vote Ron
a well captured shot with great timing
Lillian

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tomcat
tomcat e2 Member 85859 forum poststomcat vcard United Kingdom15 Constructive Critique Points
5 Dec 2012 - 6:00 PM

Well exposed, well timed, well narrated

'bout says it all RonSmile

Adrian

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Philip_P
Philip_P e2 Member 971 forum postsPhilip_P vcard United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
5 Dec 2012 - 6:23 PM

A cracker Ron
Phil

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Philip_H
Philip_H  2 United Kingdom
5 Dec 2012 - 6:38 PM

Wonderful capture.

P.

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bricurtis
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5 Dec 2012 - 8:07 PM

Superb flight capture Ron - well detailed whites.
Brian.

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Maiwand
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5 Dec 2012 - 8:31 PM

Thanks very much everyone.
Ron

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Louise_Morris
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6 Dec 2012 - 7:52 PM

Super image Ron - nicely isolated and framed. Lou

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hasslebladuk
hasslebladuk e2 Member 4hasslebladuk vcard United Kingdom6 Constructive Critique Points
6 Dec 2012 - 10:16 PM

Cracking flight shot Ron not easy
mike

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Karen_Summers
Karen_Summers e2 Member 5Karen_Summers vcard United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
7 Dec 2012 - 7:45 PM

Now that's one owl I would love to photograph in the wild, lovely shot

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WindowonWildlife
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8 Dec 2012 - 6:08 PM

Superb Ron Smile

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brownsilent
brownsilent e2 Member 7brownsilent vcard United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
8 Dec 2012 - 6:24 PM

What an amazing capture! The transparency of the wings and the beautiful detail all over make this one stand out.
Johanna

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TerryMcK
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9 Dec 2012 - 1:43 PM

A perfectly-timed & well-exposed in-flight shot, Ron. Well done indeed.

Terry

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Glostopcat
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10 Dec 2012 - 8:50 PM

An excellent inflight shot of this beautiful and graceful bird

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LexEquine
LexEquine  8 United States19 Constructive Critique Points
11 Dec 2012 - 6:44 PM

"Superlative {5 STARs*****} & Wonderful in-flight Capture!" ~ Peter Wink

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pluckyfilly
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11 Dec 2012 - 9:18 PM

What a beauty

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Tibetan
Tibetan  2 England
12 Dec 2012 - 4:40 PM

Splendid photo very well captured love it, regards Leon.GrinGrinGrinGrinGrin

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accipiter
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13 Dec 2012 - 7:44 AM

First class flight shot Ron. A pity that the primaries are damaged on this bird but it does happen in captivity. the write up is excellent. A

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Meheecho
Meheecho  1275 forum posts United Kingdom
13 Dec 2012 - 8:10 AM

Beautiful capture
Steve

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