Snowy Owl along the lakefront in Milwaukee Wisconsin on December 2, 2019

Birding along the lakefront in Milwaukee this morning it was a nice surprise to find a Snowy Owl. 1st one of the winter for me. It was resting and I let it be. I did take a couple of images at a safe distance to share. It was cloudy this morning, light breeze and mild temps for this time of year. Images were taken on December 2, 2019.

The Snowy Owl

Snowy Owl

Binomial name: Bubo scandiacus

Category: Typical Owls

Description: Adult males are mostly white with a few dark feather tips.  Adult females and juveniles are white with dark scalloping on chest, back, wings, and tail.  Yellow eyes, black beak, and feathery feet.

Size: 20”- 28” long, 49” – 59” wingspan

Weight: 3.5 lb. – 6.6 lb.

Habitat: Wide open, treeless spaces such as shorelines, lakes, open fields, and agricultural sites.

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Window to Wildlife features the photography of Jim Edlhuber. A lifelong native of Wisconsin, Jim has been photographing wildlife for 20 years. He considers himself an avid photographer and is always trying to capture nature and wildlife through his lens. He is in several photography clubs and has won numerous awards for his work. In recent years, Jim has focused mostly on birding photography and finds it to be the most challenging.

6 Responses to Snowy Owl along the lakefront in Milwaukee Wisconsin on December 2, 2019

  1. Ken & Barb Wardius says:

    We love that it is important to you to stay at a safe distance for the bird and that you respect it by leaving sooner than later. A great example everyone should follow.

  2. Annie says:

    Awesome find. Probably my most favored feather friend. Thanks for sharing. Always a pleasant surprise to see one unexpectedly.

  3. David Boucher says:

    Every Saturday I pull up the birding digest with an elder friend who would take me birding when I first moved to Milwaukee in the early 90’s. Remember when Jones island was accessible? He doesn’t get out as much any more so it is always a treat and inspiration to share others’ observations with him. Snowy Owls are a favorite so thanks as always Jim.

  4. John Rock says:

    Thankyou. Beautiful detail.

  5. Elaine says:

    Jim, I’m still under the influence of our November trip to Birds in Art, where I remember a Snowy Owl was captured with watercolor. For me, this bird has a mystical quality – maybe it’s the long periods of stillness – maybe a white figure on a cold winter day is just hauntingly beautiful. Your bird’s profile shows delicate feathers lifted by the slight breeze you mentioned. What a gorgeous creature. Thanks for letting me stay under the influence!

  6. Karen Weiss says:

    Thanks for sharing your knowledge and beautiful pictures. It’s nice you educate the people on staying a safe distance away from the bird and capturing wonderful shots to share with people.

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