The snowy owl is usually found in the Arctic regions. These opportunistic predators feed on a small variety of small mammals, mostly lemmings. When that food supply decreases then many come south to feed on the large number of voles. The snowy owls like to nest on open areas that look like the tundra up in the Arctic.
The male snowy owl is pure white, the females and young owls have a barred scalloping. These magnificent birds can reach a weight of anywhere between 1.6 to 3 kg and have a wing span of 125-150 cm.
We are lucky to have them visit Boundary Bay, an event that draws many bird watchers and wildlife photographers every year. Hopefully they will return again this year. Please respect these wonderful birds and do not flush them out to get flight shots or get too close. They sit for long periods of time to conserve their energy and to scope out their surroundings.
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