Reader Tom C. sent me this photo of a Snowy owl (Bubo scandiacus), taken on Wolfe Island, Ontario (just north of Kingston) on December 7. This is either a female or a young bird, as adult males lack scalloping on the feathers.
It’s gorgeous, no? I’ve seen exactly one of these in my life: on Plum Island in Massachusetts, when I was in graduate school.
If you have a good wildlife photo, send it along. I can’t promise to use it, but if it’s good I’ll consider it.
Here’s a National Geographic video of a male snowy owl hunting for lemmings (around the clock) for his brood. The web pages I’ve read suggest that only the male hunts while the female stays on the nest. Oh, and they mate for life.