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Snowy Owl

Bubo scandiacus


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.


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


I took this photograph in the prairies east of Calgary. Given the heavy barring it looks like a female. Probably my last Snowy Owl spotting for this winter.

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38 Comments (1–25)

duttagupta35504 7 years ago

How on earth do you see so many of them? Awesome shot!


gully.moy 8 years ago

I love the Owl's facial expression, haha.

It's a fantastic photo for srue.

Maria dB
Maria dB 8 years ago

Congratulations - great shot!

LeanneGardner 8 years ago

Congratulations on your well deserved SOTD. Amazing photo :)

Noah Citizen
Noah Citizen 8 years ago

Wonderful picture! A well-deserved SOTD.
I am still trying to spot one. No luck so far.

KenCheeks 8 years ago

Congrats on SOTD. Superb capture and gorgeous bird!

SandraPereira 8 years ago

Amazing picture ..congrats

Caleb Steindel
Caleb Steindel 8 years ago

super action photo

Great capture Ianmaton,congrats on the SOTD and thanks for sharing

Arun 8 years ago

Awesome spotting ... Congratulations Ianmaton !!

Sachin Zaveri
Sachin Zaveri 8 years ago

Congratulations Ianmaton !!!

Gerardo Aizpuru
Gerardo Aizpuru 8 years ago

Congratulations wonderful shot !

NuwanChathuranga 8 years ago

Congratulations ianmaton!

wow! great shot!

ianmaton 8 years ago

Thanks to all for the very kind comments! It's great to get an SOTD! It's also an excellent way for me to end my Snow Owl searches for this winter.

All the best!

Carol Snow Milne
Carol Snow Milne 8 years ago

Oh cool! Your owl got SOTD. Fantastic! Congratulations!

JamesFunk 8 years ago

Beautiful photo and bird. One of my favorite birds, thanks for sharing!

Fyn  Kynd
Fyn Kynd 8 years ago

Awesome spotting, congratulations ianmaton! It looks like it's smiling!

YukoChartraw 8 years ago

Beautiful capture! Congrats!

Small Wonders
Small Wonders 8 years ago

Fantastic! Congratulations!

Congratulations and well deserved !

ClaudiaCarneiro 8 years ago

congrats! Beautiful spotting, beautiful owl. Thanks for sharing!!

KarenL 8 years ago

Congrats Ian! This stunning capture has been chosen as spotting of the day!

Unlike most other owl species, snowy owls hunt mainly in the daytime, preying upon birds, as well as mammals, ranging from small rodents to large hares. An adult owl may also eat around 1600 lemmings per year.

iansboyd8 8 years ago


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Alberta, Canada

Spotted on Mar 1, 2013
Submitted on Mar 8, 2013


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