Markus Varesvuo - Resourceful parenting by a Snowy Owl


Lemming and vole populations play a crucial role in Snowy Owls’ breeding success. The owls start breeding in an area only if it has plenty of prey. Even so, regrettably often the populations crash at some point during the breeding season causing most of the nests to be destroyed.

A resourceful and experienced owl parent can find substitute food to the young, such as chicks of other birds, resulting in at least partially succesful breedings.

Here’s one such parent, bringing a Common Scoter chick to give to its young.

Photographed with licence.

Location: Utsjoki, Finnish Lapland

Tags: arctic summer, breeding, markus varesvuo, owl, snowy owl

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