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Snowy Owl

Bubo scandiacus


This yellow-eyed, black-beaked white bird is easily recognizable. It is 52–71 centimetres (20–28 in) long, with a 125–150 centimetres (49–59 in) wingspan. Also, these birds can weigh anywhere from 1.6 to 3 kilograms (3.5 to 6.6 lb).[2] It is one of the largest species of owl and, in North America, is on average the heaviest owl species. The adult male is virtually pure white, but females and young birds have some dark scalloping; the young are heavily barred, and dark spotting may even predominate. Its thick plumage, heavily feathered taloned feet, and colouration render the Snowy Owl well-adapted for life north of the Arctic Circle.


Generally North of the Arctic Circle


This bird is most probably a female, it came for a winter visit to Wisconsin, from its normal territory somewhere north of the Arctic Circle.

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31 Comments (1–25) 7 years ago


williefromwi 8 years ago

a very belated Thank you Phil S. sorry it took so long to respond, but I no longer can see the comments left for me on my profile page.

Phil_S 8 years ago

Really terrific series!

williefromwi 8 years ago

Thank you Lori, and Reza for your wonderful comments.

lori.tas 8 years ago


Willie, welldone on yet another spectacular series !

williefromwi 8 years ago

Thank you Karen

KarenL 8 years ago

Another awesome series from you Bill! Well done!

williefromwi 8 years ago

Thanks Ricardo. I am happy to follow others who have a passion for wildlife, and enjoy viewing wildlife from parts of the world, I will most likely never have the pleasure to ever visit.

Ricardo Salgueiro
Ricardo Salgueiro 8 years ago

Amazing Photos! Thanks for following me.

williefromwi 8 years ago

Joshua, I will take that as quite a compliment, Snowy Owls are an amazing bird, I hope to be able to see one in the wild again, sometime. These birds made an invasion into the lower 48 states this past winter. I was able to actually see 3 different birds but was only able to get a somewhat nice photo of one of them.

Josh Asel
Josh Asel 8 years ago

so sick! dude that one of the coolest things ive ever seen.

williefromwi 8 years ago

Thanks so much, SumukhaJavagal

Sumukha Javagal
Sumukha Javagal 8 years ago

Awesome shots..!

williefromwi 8 years ago

Thank you SatyenMehta

Wild Things
Wild Things 8 years ago

Awesome series!

williefromwi 8 years ago

Thank you AdamBrown

AdamBrown 8 years ago

beautifully captured!

williefromwi 8 years ago

SophiaIberiaMartinez, I am glad you put the reference to your HEDWIG comment, I would have not know what you were talking about as I have never watched or read any of the Harry Potter works.

Thank you CarolSnowMilne, AntónioGinjaGinja, Gerardo Aizpuru, tibiprada, CindyBinghamKeiser, Ismael Chaves, CourtneyVerk, ceherzog, NuwanChathuranga and
ChristyHolland for your wonderful comments. Nice link to your spotting CourtneyVerk

beautiful picture by the way

im sorry but i must.... HEDWIG!!!!! (Harry Potter reference, Harry's pet owl)

ChristyHolland 8 years ago

What a beautiful girl! Great series, Willie!

NuwanChathuranga 8 years ago


ceherzog 8 years ago

Every shot is outstanding! So excellent!

CourtneyVerk 8 years ago

Wonderful series. Must have been great to see a snowy owl in the wild. This bird definitely looks like a female. I have some photos from a recovery centre of a female living is captivity also who is very heavily speckled.

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Waupun, Wisconsin, USA

Spotted on Feb 24, 2010
Submitted on Jun 10, 2012

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