April 06, 2018

Snowy owl

It seems to be the year of the snowy owl.
We were out the other day and found three, all fairly close to the road.
One young and two adults within 1 km.
This was the closest to the road. It was roosting on a tobacco wagon.

Bubo scandiacus
Male Snowy Owls are barred with dark brown when they’re young and get whiter as they get older. Females keep some dark markings throughout their lives. Although the darkest males and the palest females are nearly alike in colour, the whitest birds—including the ones that played Harry Potter’s Hedwig—are always males and the most heavily barred ones are always females.
source - https://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Snowy_Owl/

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