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Snowy Owl

By Maiwand
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

Tags: Birds Owls Pets and captive animals Hct Captives

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Comments


19 Feb 2013 6:57PM
Great capture!

Jude

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fentiger Plus
14 916 23 England
19 Feb 2013 7:06PM
Delightful well timed capture.

Albert
franken Plus
13 3.7k 4 Wales
19 Feb 2013 7:11PM
Wonderful image Ron.

Ken
pluckyfilly Plus
9 350 33 United Kingdom
19 Feb 2013 7:16PM
Such a wing span and lovely in flight shot
19 Feb 2013 7:19PM
Good wing detail ...Well shot ..
TonyDy Plus
7 4 2 United Kingdom
19 Feb 2013 7:20PM
Captive or not it's a lovely shot, Ron.
Tony
19 Feb 2013 7:34PM
Excellent and very well timed capture.
saeid
19 Feb 2013 7:35PM
Excellent photo of a wonderful bird Ronnie, one to be proud of

David
19 Feb 2013 7:38PM
Excellent action capture Ron,
Fred.
A beauty.

Jeff
Maiwand Plus
9 3 71 England
19 Feb 2013 7:41PM
Thanks everyone.
Ron
19 Feb 2013 7:42PM
Wonderful inflight shot.

Andy
taggart Plus
11 46 12 United States
19 Feb 2013 7:43PM
An exceptional view of this HUGE owl!
johnke Plus
3 223 15
19 Feb 2013 7:47PM
A beautiful shot and a really stunning image,well done...John
Herge88 Plus
8 40 4 England
19 Feb 2013 8:04PM
Stunning capture of a stunning bird.

Best Matt
19 Feb 2013 8:17PM
Fantastic image... Smile
ValSaxby Plus
10 144 United Kingdom
19 Feb 2013 8:24PM
Ah the lovely Sweeny - well captured image. love it
NDODS Plus
5 4.8k 125 United Kingdom
19 Feb 2013 8:24PM
Inspirational wildlife photography.

Regards Nathan Grin
Lillian Plus
6 21 16 United Kingdom
19 Feb 2013 8:34PM
Superbly captured shot Ron
your timing spot on!
Lillian
Glostopcat Plus
9 255 2 England
19 Feb 2013 8:36PM
An excellent inflight capture showing us what huge wings this bird has
19 Feb 2013 8:39PM
Great in flight shot Ron.
Vanda
DerekL 10 155 24 England
19 Feb 2013 8:41PM
Wild or not, it's still an impressive in-flight image.

Derek
tomcat Plus
10 6.4k 15 United Kingdom
19 Feb 2013 8:53PM
A fine take Ron

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

Fantastic

Adrian
19 Feb 2013 9:39PM
A wonderful well detailed image
Steve
richmowil Plus
7 310 1 England
19 Feb 2013 11:34PM
Tremendous shot of this spectacular bird!
teocali Plus
8 421 18 England
19 Feb 2013 11:37PM
Excellent in flight capture of this stunning bird, Ron. Lovely plumage patterning and tones.
Sylvia
NeilWigan Plus
5 11 15 England
19 Feb 2013 11:42PM
Wild or not Ron,a great shot.
19 Feb 2013 11:52PM
Very well captured Smile
20 Feb 2013 4:42AM
Thanx for the excellent write up on this lovely bird !! This is a superb capture !!
CarolG Plus
9 192 18 Greece
20 Feb 2013 6:03AM
A superb in flight, Capture, Ron, such a beautiful bird. Carol
annettep38 Plus
4 217 36 Costa Rica
20 Feb 2013 9:00AM
well captive or not, it is a charmer and this is a beautiful in flight shot!!
20 Feb 2013 9:50AM
Absolutely Stunning Capture Ron beautiful work--------MilkyWink
Maiwand Plus
9 3 71 England
20 Feb 2013 10:12AM
Thanks everyone.
Ron
20 Feb 2013 10:41AM
Hi Ron love this one a great inflight capture gray
Joline Plus
9 27 52 United States
20 Feb 2013 1:29PM
Such a beautiful creature. I can see why he charms his audience.
AnneWorner Plus
8 620 43 United States
20 Feb 2013 7:23PM
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
Mike_Smith Plus
8 270 1 United Kingdom
20 Feb 2013 8:26PM
A very beautiful Owl these Ron you have captured it well too
Tibetan 3 3 England
21 Feb 2013 3:40PM
Well what a beautiful bird it is Ron, and a splendid in flight shot too, really like that, best regards Leon.GrinGrinGrinGrinGrin
21 Feb 2013 7:43PM
Lovely bird Ron - excellent inflight capture. Lou
22 Feb 2013 11:13PM
beautiful
MossyOak Plus
4 22 15 England
23 Feb 2013 10:39AM
Playing catchup Ron
Excellent flight shot and details
Richard
LexEquine 9 19 United States
24 Feb 2013 7:03PM
"Great in-Flight Capture & Image Rendering," Ron~

Very Deserving of my Award.~ Smile

Ciao ~ Peter
senn Plus
4 4 1 Belgium
25 Feb 2013 9:25PM
brilliant timing and take, Ron ..
12 Jun 2013 8:14PM
Golly, everyone has said every thing about this superb image already!SmileSmileSmile
Don

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