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This is one of the largest species of Owl with a wingspan of 49–59 in and on average it is the heaviest Owl in North America weighing 3.5 to 6.6 lb.
It breeds in the Artic Tundra and winters south through Canada.
Snowy Owls can normally be found in the prairies east of Calgary during the winter. After several failed attempts to see a Snowy Owl I finally found this one yesterday afternoon by the side of a highway.
Spotted on Nov 27, 2012
Submitted on Nov 28, 2012
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26 Comments (1–25)
Yes, this is one of my favourites as well. The light was excellent when I took this photograph which allowed for a very detailed image.
I don't want to show favoritism among all your Snowy owl spots, but the eyes are so incredible on this one.
Oh wow! Fantastic!
Wonderful series - congratulations!
Wow awesome indeed congratulations ianmaton !
U should put it on the mission: Global Urban Biodiversity!
Amazing spotting Ian, Majestic like the owls from Harry Potter. Congratulations on SOTD.
A gorgeous owl! My favorite. Congratulations on SOTD.
Awesome spot! Congrats!
Nice shots Ian.. congrats.
wonderful photos and congratulations on the STOD
Such a beautiful snowy owl! Congratulations on the SOTD!
This picture is so cute. Congratulations.
Awww....whats a great Spot. Congratulations on the SotD !
Congratulations Ian. Beautiful series.
great pics! Congratulations ianmaton!
beautiful amazing owl...^_^
What an incredible photo of this stunning owl. Congrats, on a well deserved spotting of the day!
"Spotted just a few days ago in Alberta, Canada, the ghostlike Snowy owl has unmistakable white plumage that echoes its Arctic origins. Snowy owls breed in the Artic Tundra and winter south through Canada. They are one of the largest species of Owl with a wingspan that spans a 5 foot human being! They lead nomadic lives and travel vast distances from year to year searching for food."
Thanks to all for the kind comments. Yes, so far this winter they seem to be harder to find than last year, although, more may turn up as the winter progresses. I've added the spotting to Raptors of North America.
Fantastic spotting!! We had several snowies all the way down here in Colorado last winter...apparently there was an influx into the states!! I'd love you to add this to the mission Raptors of North America!
Gorgeous shot and spotting!