The Snowy Owl (Bubo scandiacus) is a very large owl with a wing span of about 52 inches and a weight of about 4 pounds. They typically breed in the Arctic and Taiga, but have been venturing further south in winter to the northern United States. Snowy Owls are found on barrier beaches, airport fields, marshes and farmlands, and feed on rodents, small animals, ducks and gulls. The first year males and females have dense bars on their chest, while the adult females have lighter bars and the adult males are essentially all white. They are mainly nocturnal, but have also been seen hunting during the day as I've previously observed.
This Snowy Owl standing on the rocks of a beach jetty at sunrise while a mixed flock of Dunlin (Calidris alpina) and Sanderlings (Calidris alba) flew past, was photographed along the Long Island Sound, in Stratford, Connecticut on 12-4-2017. I used a Nikon D810 camera body and a Nikon 500mm f/4 VR2 lens to capture this image. Settings: 1/2000 sec, f/5.6, ISO 640.
I am honored that my photograph was featured in the Fine Art America groups:
Images That Excite You, 12-6-2017
Wild Birds Of The World, 12-6-2017
FAA Portraits - Birds, 12-7-2017
Nikon Full Frame Cameras, 12-9-2017
Animal Photographs, 8-11-2018
A Birding Group - Wings, 8-15-2018
Poetic Poultry, 8-17-2018
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December 5th, 2017
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