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Owls of winter: These birds are right at home in Wisconsin's worst

8:10 PM, Feb. 11, 2014
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Against a crisp, blue winter sky, a pair of snowy owls danced in the February sun. Buoyed in flight by long, thin wings stretching nearly 6 feet across in the largest females, snowy owls have a distinct, moth-like motion.

I watched as two of the large birds, gleaming pure white from below, fluttered through the morning sky, matched in flight.

The temperature was 18 degrees below zero, with a biting wind chill, yet these Arctic dwellers seemed as carefree, wild and full of spirit as ever. Unlike many owls, snowy owls are active during the day. ...

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