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Jan 18 2023
adult
They are large birds with a wingspan of 152cm (60inch). The casque on top of their bills are hollow, concave and serve no known purpose. They are monogamous and often build their nests in the same place every year. Before mating, they clean up the nesting hollow and engage in a little courtship involving food exchange. The female will spend increasing amounts of time inside the nest. When the eggs are laid, she sheds her breast feathers and seals herself inside the nest, leaving a vertical slit for the male to feed her. Here we see their pre-mating preparations.
Jan 19
adult
Ottawa - I got lucky with timing. I arrived while it was still cloudy so the owl kept its eyes open most of the time. As soon as the sun came out they were closed.
Jan 15
Dec 23 2022
Jan 14
female, adult
Wolfe Island (Kingston) My first shot of the winter. The number of Snowy Owls in the region is very low this winter.
Jan 10
adult, winter plummage
Jan 9
adult, winter plummage
Jan 9
Jan 8 2023
male, adult, winter plummage
Jan 9