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13th Annual Smithsonian Magazine Photo Contest Natural World
Female snowy owl protecting nest

A female snowy owl protects her owlets while biologist Denver Holt work on the nest identifying and banding the chicks. She wouldn't fully attack but dive bombed quite a few times. At the same time she was calling the male to take action defending the nest.

Photo Detail
Date Taken: 07.2015
Date Uploaded: 11.2015
Photo Location: Barrow, Alaska, United States of America
Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mark II
Copyright: © Florencia Mazza Ramsay