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Snowy Owl

Bubo scandiacus


One of the largest species of Owl with a wingspan of 49–59in and on average it is the heaviest Owl in North America weighing 3.5 to 6.6lb. Given that this bird was nearly pure white and males are usually whiter than females this is probably a male bird, however, there are exceptions to this rule so it's difficult to be certain.


Snowy Owls breed in the Arctic Tundra and winter south through Canada.


This was my first Snowy Owl sighting of the winter. It was great to see a nearly pure white bird.

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26 Comments (1–25)

Maria dB
Maria dB 10 years ago

Super spotting - congratulations!

surekha 10 years ago

So lovely! Congratulations!

the-forest-room2 10 years ago

I love it!

MacChristiansen 10 years ago

Congratulations Ian on your SOTD

rams4d 10 years ago

Very good

Bhagya Herath
Bhagya Herath 10 years ago

Congratulations ...... nice spotting

LuisStevens 10 years ago

Beautiful bird! Congrats on your SOTD!

Reza Hashemizadeh
Reza Hashemizadeh 10 years ago

Congratulations on the SotD !

alicelongmartin 10 years ago

Beautiful! Congratulations!

JenniferReneeDekker 10 years ago

So beautiful!

Hema  Shah
Hema Shah 10 years ago

you are one lucky person to see something like this.

ianmaton 10 years ago

Thanks for all the very kind comments. It was great to have the opportunity to photograph this magnificent bird so early in the winter.

Neil Ross
Neil Ross 10 years ago

Most worthy of SOTD. Congratulations, Ian. This is a wonderful photo, and the Owl is truly magnificent.

great spotting Ianmaton,congrats on the SOTD and thanks for sharing

Dilan Chathuranga
Dilan Chathuranga 10 years ago

Congrats ianmaton!!!Nice shot!!

Yasser 10 years ago

Ian, congratulations on another magnificent spotting of the day! This snowy is just incredible. We hope to see many more owls and other interesting organisms from you. Congrats again!


ianmaton 10 years ago

Yes, there are usually reasonable numbers of Snowy Owls in the prairies east of Calgary but I had also heard they were moving south of their normal winter range this year i.e. into the US.

Jellis 10 years ago

Heard there was another year that they were invading more south of their normal range as far south as the northern states

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 10 years ago

Fantastic bird and photo. Thanks for showing us this one.

Carol Snow Milne
Carol Snow Milne 10 years ago

Incredibly white! WOW! Great shot!

staccyh 10 years ago

What a great photo ianmaton. Thanks for sharing it with us!

ianmaton 10 years ago

Thanks all. Yes, I never tire of seeing them. I think this is the whitest snowy owl I've found so far.

Reza Hashemizadeh
Reza Hashemizadeh 10 years ago

Spectacular !

flynn.jeannette 10 years ago

Amazing. Great shot and specimen.

sarah in the woods
sarah in the woods 10 years ago

I would love to see one of these. So beautiful and powerful.

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Alberta, Canada

Spotted on Nov 27, 2013
Submitted on Dec 3, 2013

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