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The Snowy Owl (bubo scandiacus)
This species of owl nests on the ground, building a scrape on top of a mound or boulder. A site with good visibility such as the top of mound with ready access to hunting areas, and a lack of snow is chosen. Gravel bars and abandoned eagle nests may be used. The female scrapes a small hollow before laying the eggs. 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. Although the young hatch asynchronously, with the largest in the brood sometimes 10 to 15 times as heavy as the smallest, there is little sibling conflict and no evidence of siblicide. Both the male and the female defend the nest and their young from predators, sometimes by distraction displays. Males may mate with two females which may nest about a kilometre apart.[3] Some individuals stay on the breeding grounds while others migrate.
( info Wikipedia)
Much as I would like to claim this as a wild bird I have to confess that it is a captive specimen who charms everyone at the Hawk Conservancy Trust at Weyhill.
Indebted, as usual, to all those kind folks who gave time and c/c's to the Fish Eagle and particular thanks to Taggart (Jennnn) ans LJH ( Lucien) for the UA's

Brand:NIKON CORPORATION
Camera:Nikon D300S Check out Nikon Nation!
Lens:300.0 mm f/4.0
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:19 Feb 2013 - 6:35 PM
Tags:Birds, Captives, Hct , Owls, Pets / captive animals
Votes:87

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DalesLass
DalesLass e2 Member 22030 forum postsDalesLass vcard United Kingdom
19 Feb 2013 - 6:57 PM

Great capture!

Jude

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fentiger
fentiger e2 Member 13915 forum postsfentiger vcard England22 Constructive Critique Points
19 Feb 2013 - 7:06 PM

Delightful well timed capture.

Albert

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franken
franken e2 Member 113059 forum postsfranken vcard Wales4 Constructive Critique Points
19 Feb 2013 - 7:11 PM

Wonderful image Ron.

Ken

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pluckyfilly
pluckyfilly e2 Member 7282 forum postspluckyfilly vcard United Kingdom33 Constructive Critique Points
19 Feb 2013 - 7:16 PM

Such a wing span and lovely in flight shot

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MD2009
MD2009 e2 Member 3MD2009 vcard Wales
19 Feb 2013 - 7:19 PM

Good wing detail ...Well shot ..

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TonyDy
TonyDy e2 Member 5TonyDy vcard United Kingdom
19 Feb 2013 - 7:20 PM

Captive or not it's a lovely shot, Ron.
Tony

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saeidNL
saeidNL  4 Netherlands3 Constructive Critique Points
19 Feb 2013 - 7:34 PM

Excellent and very well timed capture.
saeid

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johnjo58
johnjo58 e2 Member 3johnjo58 vcard United Kingdom5 Constructive Critique Points
19 Feb 2013 - 7:35 PM

Excellent photo of a wonderful bird Ronnie, one to be proud of

David

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Badgerfred
Badgerfred e2 Member 7Badgerfred vcard Wales
19 Feb 2013 - 7:38 PM

Excellent action capture Ron,
Fred.

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Jefflor
Jefflor  1 United Kingdom
19 Feb 2013 - 7:40 PM

A beauty.

Jeff

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Maiwand
Maiwand e2 Member 7Maiwand vcard England69 Constructive Critique Points
19 Feb 2013 - 7:41 PM

Thanks everyone.
Ron

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Hop-A-Long
19 Feb 2013 - 7:42 PM

Wonderful inflight shot.

Andy

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taggart
taggart e2 Member 942 forum poststaggart vcard United States12 Constructive Critique Points
19 Feb 2013 - 7:43 PM

An exceptional view of this HUGE owl!

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johnke
johnke  154 forum posts South Africa9 Constructive Critique Points
19 Feb 2013 - 7:47 PM

A beautiful shot and a really stunning image,well done...John

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Herge88
Herge88 e2 Member 739 forum postsHerge88 vcard England4 Constructive Critique Points
19 Feb 2013 - 8:04 PM

Stunning capture of a stunning bird.

Best Matt

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Jenny-D
Jenny-D e2 Member 4Jenny-D vcard United Kingdom
19 Feb 2013 - 8:17 PM

Fantastic image... Smile

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ValSaxby
ValSaxby e2 Member 8132 forum postsValSaxby vcard United Kingdom
19 Feb 2013 - 8:24 PM

Ah the lovely Sweeny - well captured image. love it

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NDODS
NDODS e2 Member 32925 forum postsNDODS vcard United Kingdom99 Constructive Critique Points
19 Feb 2013 - 8:24 PM

Inspirational wildlife photography.

Regards Nathan Grin

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Lillian
Lillian e2 Member 5Lillian vcard United Kingdom16 Constructive Critique Points
19 Feb 2013 - 8:34 PM

Superbly captured shot Ron
your timing spot on!
Lillian

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Glostopcat
Glostopcat e2 Member 8231 forum postsGlostopcat vcard England2 Constructive Critique Points
19 Feb 2013 - 8:36 PM

An excellent inflight capture showing us what huge wings this bird has

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vandalp
vandalp  6
19 Feb 2013 - 8:39 PM

Great in flight shot Ron.
Vanda

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DerekL
DerekL e2 Member 9100 forum postsDerekL vcard England23 Constructive Critique Points
19 Feb 2013 - 8:41 PM

Wild or not, it's still an impressive in-flight image.

Derek

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tomcat
tomcat e2 Member 85873 forum poststomcat vcard United Kingdom15 Constructive Critique Points
19 Feb 2013 - 8:53 PM

A fine take Ron

Have you ever watched the video of them, hunting for Lemmings under the snow?

Fantastic

Adrian

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Meheecho
Meheecho  1275 forum posts United Kingdom
19 Feb 2013 - 9:39 PM

A wonderful well detailed image
Steve

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richmowil
richmowil e2 Member 5240 forum postsrichmowil vcard England1 Constructive Critique Points
19 Feb 2013 - 11:34 PM

Tremendous shot of this spectacular bird!

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teocali
teocali e2 Member 6212 forum poststeocali vcard England18 Constructive Critique Points
19 Feb 2013 - 11:37 PM

Excellent in flight capture of this stunning bird, Ron. Lovely plumage patterning and tones.
Sylvia

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NeilWigan
NeilWigan e2 Member 4NeilWigan vcard England15 Constructive Critique Points
19 Feb 2013 - 11:42 PM

Wild or not Ron,a great shot.

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elainebaker
19 Feb 2013 - 11:52 PM

Very well captured Smile

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Hermanus
Hermanus  2 South Africa
20 Feb 2013 - 4:42 AM

Thanx for the excellent write up on this lovely bird !! This is a superb capture !!

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CarolG
CarolG e2 Member 7128 forum postsCarolG vcard Greece16 Constructive Critique Points
20 Feb 2013 - 6:03 AM

A superb in flight, Capture, Ron, such a beautiful bird. Carol

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annettep38
annettep38 e2 Member 3186 forum postsannettep38 vcard France30 Constructive Critique Points
20 Feb 2013 - 9:00 AM

well captive or not, it is a charmer and this is a beautiful in flight shot!!

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milky
milky e2 Member 11milky vcard Wales
20 Feb 2013 - 9:50 AM

Absolutely Stunning Capture Ron beautiful work--------MilkyWink

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Maiwand
Maiwand e2 Member 7Maiwand vcard England69 Constructive Critique Points
20 Feb 2013 - 10:12 AM

Thanks everyone.
Ron

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Gray_ina
Gray_ina  6
20 Feb 2013 - 10:41 AM

Hi Ron love this one a great inflight capture gray

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Joline
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20 Feb 2013 - 1:29 PM

Such a beautiful creature. I can see why he charms his audience.

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AnneWorner
AnneWorner e2 Member 6606 forum postsAnneWorner vcard United States41 Constructive Critique Points
20 Feb 2013 - 7:23 PM

It is just beautifully captured Ron - lovely in-flight image. Lovely use of aperture.

Thanks for the commentary - very pleased to read there is little if no siblicide amongst the brood of this beautiful bird.

Anne

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Mike_Smith
Mike_Smith e2 Member 7116 forum postsMike_Smith vcard United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
20 Feb 2013 - 8:26 PM

A very beautiful Owl these Ron you have captured it well too

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Tibetan
Tibetan  2 England
21 Feb 2013 - 3:40 PM

Well what a beautiful bird it is Ron, and a splendid in flight shot too, really like that, best regards Leon.GrinGrinGrinGrinGrin

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Louise_Morris
Louise_Morris e2 Member 42289 forum postsLouise_Morris vcard England
21 Feb 2013 - 7:43 PM

Lovely bird Ron - excellent inflight capture. Lou

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sparrowhawk
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22 Feb 2013 - 11:13 PM

beautiful

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MossyOak
MossyOak  2 England15 Constructive Critique Points
23 Feb 2013 - 10:39 AM

Playing catchup Ron
Excellent flight shot and details
Richard

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LexEquine
LexEquine  8 United States19 Constructive Critique Points
24 Feb 2013 - 7:03 PM

"Great in-Flight Capture & Image Rendering," Ron~

Very Deserving of my Award.~ Smile

Ciao ~ Peter

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senn
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25 Feb 2013 - 9:25 PM

brilliant timing and take, Ron ..

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DonMc
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12 Jun 2013 - 8:14 PM

Golly, everyone has said every thing about this superb image already!SmileSmileSmile
Don

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