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Snowy Owl

Snowy Owl
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Copyright: Leisa Hennessy (Snoops) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 71 W: 0 N: 170] (555)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-07-18
Categories: Birds
Camera: Minolta Dimage Z5
Exposure: f/4.5, 1/100 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Owls all over the world [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2006-05-24 6:22
Viewed: 3620
Points: 14
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This i am presuming its a female, cause of all the marking she has..
Description 24" (61 cm). W. 4' 7" (1.4 m). A big, round-headed owl, ranging in color from pure white to white with dark spotting or barring. Female is larger and more heavily marked than male.

Habitat Open country: tundra, dunes, marshes, fields, plains, and airports in winter.

Nesting 5-8 white eggs with a lining of feathers, mosses, and lichens placed on open tundra.

Range Breeds in northern Alaska and in northernmost Canada. Winters south throughout Canada into northern United States, irregularly farther. Also in Eurasia.

Voice Usually silent; hoarse croak and shrill whistle on breeding grounds.

Discussion This great white owl is a beautiful sight as it perches upright on a fence post or flies over a marsh. Strictly a bird of open country, it is practically never seen in a tree; it sits on the ground, a rooftop, or other exposed resting place. In the Far North where it breeds, it depends largely on lemmings for food. The size of the lemming population periodically changes (due to population explosions and subsequent epidemics), and when lemming numbers decrease the owls must migrate southward to avoid starvation. In southern latitudes, the owls prey on rabbits, waterfowl, and other game, or on dead fish on ocean beaches. They prey on Norway rats in large refuse dumps.

Thanks for looking gang and for yesterdays comments :)

also i finally made it to a Gold note writer.. :) doing happy dance thanks for all those that think i have useful info in this brain of mine...lol

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A wonderful cjoice of subject! The composition, POV and dark BG make a wonderful pic that also shows good detail of the subject. TFS,

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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2006-05-24 7:25]

Hi Leisa, lovely catch of the Snowy Owl. So well presented, and her turned head looks so good. Well done,

Hi Leisa,
Great exposure and detail, looks good against the black Bg. Well framed with a very nice POV also.
Well done and TFS!

Hi Lisa, nice portrait.
Good colors and details.

Hi Leisa

Lovely shot with good depth of colour, POV and clarity. Nicely composed with the quality spot on. Thanks.

very nice shot. White feathers look fantastic against black BG. Nicely composed. Half turned head made a difference to other owl photos. I like it a lot ;)

Hello Leisa, I've been looking at your gallery and this picture really draws attention.
I think this is a superb shot! Love the black BG and the pose of this lovely bird.

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