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Monday, December 18, 2017

The Majestic Snowy Owl

As time goes with each and every little year that passes, I manage to knock off another species of some animal from my bucket list!  I finally did that with the Snowy Owl...  These Owls live for the most part in the Arctic where they nest and hunt until the winter comes and then like most birds they migrate south for easier hunting and living.  Thankfully south for a Snowy just happens to be where I live, but they will migrate as far south as Florida!  The snowy Owl is one of our largest Owls in North American with a wing span of 4.5 - 5.5 feet!  Certainly the snow is probably our heaviest...  Their diet ranges from anything as small as a mouse to as big as a hare or even a big goose!

Sadly like most a lot of species the Snowy Owl has been put on the vulnerable list in 2017, with numbers of around 28,000 birds...  The owls I photographed here are from Gull Island at Presqu'ile Provincial Park in Brighton Ontario.  Several Owls are here every year to feed on rodents and the plentiful numbers of Arctic Long Tailed Ducks which also migrate to the area for the winter.  If weather co-operates I will be returning to this place for more interaction with the Snowies!