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Extreme Parenting
Photograph by Daniel J. Cox

Flying in from all over the Arctic, and from as far south as the Great Plains of the U.S. and Canada, snowy owls arrive on their Barrow, Alaska, breeding grounds in late April and May, when much of the tundra is still snow covered. If lemmings—the small rodents that provide the bulk of the owls' summer diet—are abundant, owl breeding pairs form quickly. Females most often lay their eggs atop tundra mounds (above). Wind blasted but snow free, the raised nest offers protection from snowmelt flooding and a vantage point from which to watch for predators.

Photo Fast Facts

Camera: Nikon F5
Film Type: Fujichrome Provia 100
Lens: 18mm f/2.8
Speed and F-Stop: 1/60 @ f/16
Weather Conditions: Sunny
Time of Day: 12:30 a.m.
Lighting Techniques: Natural light

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