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Snowy Owl (Nyctea scandiaca) User: Brian Morin  (See all photos - 1078)
Canada (Ontario) Crysler - a nice looking male
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Date: January 19, 2017
Details: Male, Adult
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Crysler - a nice looking male
· Date: January 20, 2017 · Views: 531
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Chris

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Location: Montreal
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January 24, 2017 12:31

Gorgeous. I wonder how old he is.
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Brian Morin
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January 24, 2017 14:03

He certainly is. That is an unknown but judging from the marks on his back and wings which you can't see in this shot he is not a senior citizen but he is certainly mature. There are still clear head markings here.
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January 24, 2017 14:13

Ah good point. For some reason around Montreal, there seem to be fewer like this, and many with heavy barring. Or maybe it's just I'm missing the pure white ones in the snow
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January 24, 2017 14:56

No I don't think you are missing anything. This winter the majority of birds are juveniles; few adult females or males. The ratio of adult males is always much lower than females and in the big irruptions in recent years the number of older adult males (mostly white birds) was about 4%. That is based on personal observation of hundreds of individuals.
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