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Photograph by Daniel J. Cox

Even the most committed snowy owl parents can't control the weather—and it's weather that poses the severest threat to the survival of these downy siblings. "Lots of chicks die on the nest," says owl researcher Denver Holt. They're not killed by predators but by starvation. "Lemming activity drops in rainy weather," Holt says. "Plus, visibility and flying conditions are poor." If it rains for several days, "the parents just can't find enough food to keep their chicks alive."

Photo Fast Facts

Camera: Nikon F5
Film Type: Fujichrome Provia 100
Lens: 800mm f/5.6
Speed and F-Stop: 1/250 @ f/5.6
Weather Conditions: Sunny
Time of Day: 11:30 p.m.
Lighting Techniques: Natural light

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