Location: At the owl enclosure in Assiniboine Park in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
Camera: Canon X TI, shutter speed 1/30, Aperture Value 5.0, ISO 200, Focal length 146 mm
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Description – This large, white owl has a rounded head and yellow eyes. Both sexes of the Snowy Owl have dark bars and spots although they are heavier on the larger female; Old males may be pure white. This usually silent bird will sometimes utter a shrill whistle and hoarse croak on breeding grounds. It nests north of the tree line, in the High Arctic from Alaska to Labrador. Its winter range extends roughly across the middle of North America, from its breeding range to northern United States. The Snowy Owl is the provincial bird of Quebec.
Snowy Owls are nocturnal, but they hunt during the day. Their life cycle is intimately dependent on the abundance of lemmings, which form an important part of their food supply. In years when food is plentiful, These cycles generally occur every four or five years.
Snowy Owls range in size from 52 to 70 cm (20 to 28 in.), and their wingspan ranges from 125 to 145 cm (49 to 57 in.).
Distribution – The snowy owl breeds in northern Alaska and in northernmost Canada; Winters are spent throughout Canada and in northern United States. Snowy Owls prefer open country such as tundra, dunes, marshes, fields, plains and airports in the winter.