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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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Views:244
Unique Views:122

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DalesLass
DalesLass Plus Member 32355 forum postsDalesLass vcard United Kingdom
19 Feb 2013 - 6:57 PM

Great capture!

Jude

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fentiger
fentiger Plus Member 14915 forum postsfentiger vcard England23 Constructive Critique Points
19 Feb 2013 - 7:06 PM

Delightful well timed capture.

Albert

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franken
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19 Feb 2013 - 7:11 PM

Wonderful image Ron.

Ken

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pluckyfilly
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19 Feb 2013 - 7:16 PM

Such a wing span and lovely in flight shot

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MD2009
MD2009 Plus Member 4MD2009 vcard Wales
19 Feb 2013 - 7:19 PM

Good wing detail ...Well shot ..

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TonyDy
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19 Feb 2013 - 7:20 PM

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

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saeidNL
saeidNL  5 Netherlands3 Constructive Critique Points
19 Feb 2013 - 7:34 PM

Excellent and very well timed capture.
saeid

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johnjo58
johnjo58  4 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 Plus Member 8Badgerfred vcard Wales
19 Feb 2013 - 7:38 PM

Excellent action capture Ron,
Fred.

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Jefflor
Jefflor  2 United Kingdom
19 Feb 2013 - 7:40 PM

A beauty.

Jeff

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Maiwand
Maiwand Plus Member 8Maiwand vcard England71 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 Plus Member 1046 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  2223 forum posts South Africa15 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 Plus Member 840 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 Plus Member 5Jenny-D vcard United Kingdom
19 Feb 2013 - 8:17 PM

Fantastic image... Smile

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ValSaxby
ValSaxby Plus Member 9142 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 Plus Member 44244 forum postsNDODS vcard United Kingdom116 Constructive Critique Points
19 Feb 2013 - 8:24 PM

Inspirational wildlife photography.

Regards Nathan Grin

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Lillian
Lillian Plus Member 6Lillian 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 Plus Member 9251 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
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19 Feb 2013 - 8:39 PM

Great in flight shot Ron.
Vanda

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DerekL
DerekL Plus Member 10152 forum postsDerekL vcard England24 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 Plus Member 96361 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  2275 forum posts United Kingdom
19 Feb 2013 - 9:39 PM

A wonderful well detailed image
Steve

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richmowil
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19 Feb 2013 - 11:34 PM

Tremendous shot of this spectacular bird!

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teocali
teocali Plus Member 7383 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 Plus Member 5NeilWigan 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  3 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 Plus Member 8185 forum postsCarolG vcard Greece18 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 Plus Member 4204 forum postsannettep38 vcard Costa Rica34 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 Plus Member 12milky vcard Wales
20 Feb 2013 - 9:50 AM

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

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Maiwand
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20 Feb 2013 - 10:12 AM

Thanks everyone.
Ron

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Gray_ina
Gray_ina  7
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
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 Plus Member 8225 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  3 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 Plus Member 52434 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  3 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  9 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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