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March 13, 2013

The largest owl in the world

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It's pictured above — a female Blakiston's fish owl, an endangered species, near Amgu, Russia, in a photo taken in 2008.

"The largest owl species, it is especially ferocious and nests outdoors in subzero temperatures," according to an article by Natalie Angier in the February 25, 2013 New York Times.

More: "Nearly a yard high, weighing up to 10 pounds and with a wingspan of six feet, Blakiston's is the world's largest owl, a bird so hulking it's often mistaken for other things, according to Jonathan Slaght [pictured up top with the owl] of the Wildlife Conservation Society's Russia program. It could easily look like a bear in a tree or a man on a bridge."

"This powerful predator can pull from the river an adult salmon two, three or more times its own weight, sometimes grabbing onto a tree root with one talon to help make the haul."

"Ferocity is essential for a bird whose frigid, spotty range extends across northeastern China, the Russian Far East and up toward the Arctic Circle, one that breeds and nests in the dead of winter, perched atop a giant cottonwood or elm tree, out in the open, in temperatures 30° below zero Fahrenheit. Dr. Slaght's colleague Sergei Surmach videotaped a female sitting on her nest during a blizzard. 'All you could see at the end was her tail jutting out,' Dr. Slaght said."

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seems to be a happy camper

Posted by: sherlock | Mar 14, 2013 10:45:53 PM

wow,owls are another one of passionate interests,thanks

Posted by: larry ziegler | Mar 13, 2013 6:54:29 PM

Those are impressive birds, when you see their wings opened they are huge. However, they have a fairly small beak, typical of an owl. When you say to "note the blood on its wicked-looking beak," I believe you are actually seeing a fish hanging from its mouth.

Posted by: Gavin | Mar 13, 2013 11:03:13 AM

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