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. 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
Pets and captive animals
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