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Snowy Owl

By Maiwand
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.


Tags: Captive Owls Snowy Pets and captive animals BirdsHCT

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5 Dec 2012 8:38AM
Excellent action capture Ron,

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NDODS 7 5.1k 125 United Kingdom
5 Dec 2012 8:45AM
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
CarolG Plus
11 199 20 Greece
5 Dec 2012 8:54AM
A stunning bird, Ron, perfectly captured in flight. Carol
franken Plus
15 4.5k 4 United Kingdom
5 Dec 2012 8:57AM
A stunning in-flight image Ron.

johnjo58 7 2 5 United Kingdom
5 Dec 2012 9:05AM
A wonderful bird beautifully captured in flight. I know it is not easy to get theses at an open event, well done
CaroleS Plus
7 433 3 United Kingdom
5 Dec 2012 9:19AM
A fantastic in flight shot.
Fefe Plus
6 23 31 United Kingdom
5 Dec 2012 9:28AM
Lovely shot of a lovely bird!
MossyOak 5 22 15 England
5 Dec 2012 9:30AM
This is superb Ron
Cracking detail and angle of wings to show a great eye. I'm still thawing out Smile
Ayoob 6 Australia
5 Dec 2012 9:55AM
Cracking in flight capture...Grin
NeilWigan Plus
7 16 16 England
5 Dec 2012 10:02AM
Caught the eye very well, Ron, in a great inflight shot.
Meheecho 5 275 United Kingdom
5 Dec 2012 10:13AM
Stunning shot--well done
5 Dec 2012 10:47AM
Great capture Ron,
Hermanus 5 4 South Africa
5 Dec 2012 10:49AM
A great photo Ron !! Thanx too for the good info provided for us southern hemisphere guys SmileGrin
5 Dec 2012 10:55AM
wonderfull shot
Brian65 8 2 United Kingdom
5 Dec 2012 11:18AM
Great shot Ron, and thanks for the info.
User_Removed 5 4 1 United Kingdom
5 Dec 2012 12:57PM
Absolute stunning Ron and so well presented. Bob
Daisymaye Plus
9 23 13 Canada
5 Dec 2012 1:53PM
A stunning capture. Love the detailed eye.......Sandy
rayme330 5 17 1 United Kingdom
5 Dec 2012 2:09PM
Brilliant in flight capture, Ron and well presented.

taggart Plus
13 47 13 United States
5 Dec 2012 2:15PM
This is a most beautiful capture-- Great skill would be required to make such a fine image!
FeatherFriend Plus
10 38 217 England
5 Dec 2012 2:56PM
Super detailed in flight shot Ron and placed in the frame beautifully, well done on the exp too, never easy with the whites,
Lillian Plus
8 22 17 United Kingdom
5 Dec 2012 4:25PM
A real pleasure to make this the 40th vote Ron
a well captured shot with great timing
tomcat 12 6.4k 15 United Kingdom
5 Dec 2012 6:00PM
Well exposed, well timed, well narrated

'bout says it all RonSmile

Philip_P 12 71 1 United Kingdom
5 Dec 2012 6:23PM
A cracker Ron
5 Dec 2012 6:38PM
Wonderful capture.

bricurtis Plus
12 2.2k 49 England
5 Dec 2012 8:07PM
Superb flight capture Ron - well detailed whites.
Maiwand 11 3 73 England
5 Dec 2012 8:31PM
Thanks very much everyone.
Super image Ron - nicely isolated and framed. Lou
6 Dec 2012 10:16PM
Cracking flight shot Ron not easy
7 Dec 2012 7:45PM
Now that's one owl I would love to photograph in the wild, lovely shot
8 Dec 2012 6:08PM
Superb Ron Smile
brownsilent 10 7 2 United Kingdom
8 Dec 2012 6:24PM
What an amazing capture! The transparency of the wings and the beautiful detail all over make this one stand out.
TerryMcK 9 72 2 United Kingdom
9 Dec 2012 1:43PM
A perfectly-timed & well-exposed in-flight shot, Ron. Well done indeed.

Glostopcat 11 255 2 England
10 Dec 2012 8:50PM
An excellent inflight shot of this beautiful and graceful bird
LexEquine 11 19 United States
11 Dec 2012 6:44PM
"Superlative {5 STARs*****} & Wonderful in-flight Capture!" ~ Peter Wink
pluckyfilly 11 351 33 United Kingdom
11 Dec 2012 9:18PM
What a beauty
Tibetan 5 3 England
12 Dec 2012 4:40PM
Splendid photo very well captured love it, regards Leon.GrinGrinGrinGrinGrin
13 Dec 2012 7:44AM
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
Meheecho 5 275 United Kingdom
13 Dec 2012 8:10AM
Beautiful capture

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