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Snowy Owl

Bubo scandiacus

Description:

The Snowy Owl is a large, white owl with a rounded head and yellow eyes. The plumage ranges from all white (some old males) to white with many dark bars and spots (particularly in females and immatures). This is a bird of the open Arctic tundra of both the New World and Old World. Snowy Owls nest on the ground and feed mainly on lemmings, which they hunt both day and night (other mammals and birds are also eaten, as well as some fish and carrion). In winter, there is some movement south and individuals are seen at least irregularly south to the northern United States (and even, rarely, the Gulf Coast), Iceland, the British Isles, northern continental Europe, central Russia, northern China, and Sakhalin. These wandering winter birds are generally seen in open country such as prairie, marshes, fields, pastures, and sandy beaches. In years when lemming populations crash, many Snowy Owls move south to the northern tier of states in the United States and some go much farther. These wandering birds (usually heavily barred younger birds) often perch on the ground, low stumps, or buildings.



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13 Comments

Christiane
Christiane 6 years ago

Thanks Stefania..

Christiane
Christiane 6 years ago

Thanks J and Gerardo.. :)

Gerardo Aizpuru
Gerardo Aizpuru 6 years ago

Wonderful look at this guy :)

Jacob Gorneau
Jacob Gorneau 6 years ago

Terrific series and emotion!

Christiane
Christiane 6 years ago

Thanks anita1, SachindraUmesh and RiekoS.. I think it is a cute little face! :)

SachindraUmesh
SachindraUmesh 6 years ago

simply epic!!!

RiekoS
RiekoS 6 years ago

Beautiful shot.

Christiane
Christiane 6 years ago

Thanks SatyenM

Wild Things
Wild Things 6 years ago

Beautiful pic Christiane!

Christiane
Christiane 6 years ago

Thanks Sequoia Spruce..

Christy Chow
Christy Chow 6 years ago

So gorgeous!

Christiane
Spotted by
Christiane

Mannheim, Baden-Württemberg, Germany

Lat: 49.48, Long: 8.49

Spotted on May 3, 2013
Submitted on May 3, 2013

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