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Snowy Owl


Snowy Owl
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Copyright: Eduardo Balogh (Ketaka) Silver Note Writer [C: 0 W: 5 N: 124] (1159)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2002-07
Categories: Birds
Camera: nikon f70, Nikkor 70-300 ED f4.5-5-6, Kodak E100VS, Nikon L1Bc 62mm
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Budapest ZOO Animals [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-04-10 2:51
Viewed: 5631
Points: 4
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The Snowy Owl (Bubo scandiacus) is a large owl of the typical owl family Strigidae. It is also known in North America as the Arctic Owl or the Great White Owl. Until recently, it was regarded as the sole member of a distinct genus, as Nyctea scandiaca, but mtDNA cytochrome b sequence data (Olsen et al. 2002) shows that it is very closely related to the horned owls in the genus Bubo.

This yellow-eyed white bird is easily recognizeable. It is 53-65 cm (20-26 inches) long with a 125-150 cm (50-60 in) wingspan. The adult male is virtually pure white, but females and young birds have some dark scalloping; the young are heavily barred, and dark spotting may even be predominate. Its thick plumage, heavily-feathered feet, and coloration render the Snowy Owl well-adapted for life north of the Arctic Circle.

Snowy Owl calls are varied, but the alarm call is a barking, almost quacking krek-krek-krek-krek; the female also has a softer mewling pyee-pyee-pyee-pyee or prek-prek-prek. The song is a deep repeated gawh. They may also clap their beak in response to threats or annoyances. While called clapping, it is believed this sound may actually be a clicking of the tongue, not the beak.

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  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 988 W: 4 N: 3277] (14761)
  • [2008-04-11 4:28]

Hello Eduardo, Amazing shot with such a superb sharpness. Excellent view and good lighting. ganesh smiley tmrw

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  • Karin Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 418 W: 5 N: 268] (2089)
  • [2008-04-11 11:08]

Hi Eduardo,
Beautiful owl in a good pose and composition, with difficult light (dark wall behind)
TFS

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