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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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19 Feb 2013 6:57PM
Great capture!


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fentiger Plus
16 918 24 England
19 Feb 2013 7:06PM
Delightful well timed capture.

franken Plus
15 4.5k 4 United Kingdom
19 Feb 2013 7:11PM
Wonderful image Ron.

pluckyfilly Plus
11 351 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
9 9 3 United Kingdom
19 Feb 2013 7:20PM
Captive or not it's a lovely shot, Ron.
19 Feb 2013 7:34PM
Excellent and very well timed capture.
19 Feb 2013 7:35PM
Excellent photo of a wonderful bird Ronnie, one to be proud of

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

Maiwand Plus
11 3 73 England
19 Feb 2013 7:41PM
Thanks everyone.
Hop-A-Long Plus
11 52 1 England
19 Feb 2013 7:42PM
Wonderful inflight shot.

taggart Plus
13 47 13 United States
19 Feb 2013 7:43PM
An exceptional view of this HUGE owl!
johnke Plus
5 223 15
19 Feb 2013 7:47PM
A beautiful shot and a really stunning image,well done...John
Herge88 Plus
10 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
12 146 United Kingdom
19 Feb 2013 8:24PM
Ah the lovely Sweeny - well captured image. love it
7 5.1k 125 United Kingdom
19 Feb 2013 8:24PM
Inspirational wildlife photography.

Regards Nathan Grin
Lillian Plus
8 22 17 United Kingdom
19 Feb 2013 8:34PM
Superbly captured shot Ron
your timing spot on!
Glostopcat Plus
11 255 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.
DerekL Plus
12 187 24 England
19 Feb 2013 8:41PM
Wild or not, it's still an impressive in-flight image.

tomcat Plus
12 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?


19 Feb 2013 9:39PM
A wonderful well detailed image
richmowil Plus
9 334 2 England
19 Feb 2013 11:34PM
Tremendous shot of this spectacular bird!
teocali Plus
9 441 18 England
19 Feb 2013 11:37PM
Excellent in flight capture of this stunning bird, Ron. Lovely plumage patterning and tones.
NeilWigan Plus
7 17 16 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
11 199 20 Greece
20 Feb 2013 6:03AM
A superb in flight, Capture, Ron, such a beautiful bird. Carol
annettep38 Plus
6 218 40 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
11 3 73 England
20 Feb 2013 10:12AM
Thanks everyone.
20 Feb 2013 10:41AM
Hi Ron love this one a great inflight capture gray
Joline Plus
11 29 53 United States
20 Feb 2013 1:29PM
Such a beautiful creature. I can see why he charms his audience.
AnneWorner Plus
10 620 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.

Mike_Smith Plus
10 459 1 United Kingdom
20 Feb 2013 8:26PM
A very beautiful Owl these Ron you have captured it well too
Tibetan 5 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
MossyOak Plus
6 22 15 England
23 Feb 2013 10:39AM
Playing catchup Ron
Excellent flight shot and details
24 Feb 2013 7:03PM
"Great in-Flight Capture & Image Rendering," Ron~

Very Deserving of my Award.~ Smile

Ciao ~ Peter
senn Plus
6 5 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

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