Photo: Chuck Slusarczyk
I've been wanting to share this photo ever since Chuck Slusarczyk sent it along a few days back. It shows an adult male Snowy Owl, Bubo scandiacus. Chuck snapped this shot at Cleveland Hopkins Airport on March 10th, and it is the second owl seen there (the other was a heavily black-barred immature bird).
Virtually all of the Snowy Owls that make it as far south as Ohio are young birds, which are prominently marked with black, as SEEN HERE. The adult males are quite striking; it's as if they have been carved from a block of ivory.
Thanks to Chuck for sharing this photo. I've been fortunate to be able to feature some of Chuck's other work before, such as his amazing Blizzard of Gulls photos. If you would like to see more of Chuck's photos, CLICK HERE.