Snowy Owl at Cobourg, Ontario

Scroll down for three photos on 28 October 2008 at Cobourg Harbour, about 100 km east of Toronto.

First basic male Snowy Owl, Cobourg Harbour, 28 October 2008.

Mottling on the greater coverts indicates a first year bird.

Photo shows white undertail coverts and light mottling on back of head, indicating a first basic male. First year females are more heavily barred all over including the back of the head and undertail coverts, except the white facial disk. Cobourg Harbour, 28 October 2008.