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White Owl

An owl pictured inside it’s enclosure at Lincoln Park Zoo, Chicago. The faint lines are the thin bars of the cage.
I love the eye!

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Aperture ƒ/9
Camera Canon EOS 20D
Focal length 210mm
ISO 800
Shutter speed 1/800s

By Donncha

Donncha Ó Caoimh is a software developer at Automattic and WordPress plugin developer. He posts photos at In Photos and can also be found on Twitter.

9 replies on “White Owl”

Thanks guys, I’m finally catching up on my photoblog viewing. My list gets bigger and bigger though, and I don’t have time to comment on all the great shots I spot!

This photo is of a female Snowy Owl. It has never been called a “white” owl. The female is speckled as you can see. The male is pure white and slightly smaller. She lives with a male. He was in the outdoor enclosure with her. Too bad you didn’t get his photo since it would have been nice for a comparison. Males are always smaller than females in the bird of prey group. The owl’s eyes are stationary in the sockets. That is why the owl’s head turns completely around.

Hello Everyone

Im leaving comment because after taking a ride yesterday out on some old snowy country roads , (roads that seldom get traveled , and right before it got dark ) I noticed a pure white rather large bird flying in the field beside me……I live three hrs south of Chicago and was driving slow because the road I was on hadnt even been cleared of snow and we have about 8 inches on the ground. So the first thought that came to my mind was….”whats that seasgul from the lake 5 miles away doing way out here by its self.?”….( it was starting to get alittle dark but with all the snow it still had a brightness about it ) Then I noticed this bird was actually flying along with my driving and then very much to my suprise when I almost came to a complete stop to get across the old rail road tracks because the crossing was rough…..the bright white bird flew over towards me and lit on the RR crossing sign maby only 8 ft from me, It then looked straight at me and gave me the suprise of my life……..It was not a white gull……….it was a pure….pure….pure white owl !!! very large for an owl……or maby it would be better said by saying, “by no means was it a small owl”……I have lived here 50 years and have never ever seen a white owl…….I regret not totally stopping the truck to stop and stare at the owl but I was partially on a RR track and thats not a good place to sit and ponder…….WHAT KIND OF OWL DID I POSSIBLY SEE ?……Any comments would be appreciated !……

Thank You

Paul Wright

I lived in CA & saw the same thing! I’d see it in an old barn on the property all the time…this being over 10 years ago & it made such an impression on me I am STILL trying to find out what type of owl it was….CRAZY cuz it seemed to be (not to sound crazy) messing with me a lot….saw it a lot & it was PURE, PURE, WHITE…even when flying with it’s wings spread…not a speck of color…just crazy piercing black eyes….would LOVE to know what the heck it was…i’ve even purchased Owl’s of Western Hemisphere books trying to find out with no success…if you find out I’d love to know as well…all the books have said there’s no such owl in Northern CA…

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