A rare Snowy Owl, native to the Arctic, was photographed in Jackson County prior to Christmas. The owl, sometimes seen in Northern Indiana, has apparently extended its hunting range to southern Indiana.
The bird, usually well camouflaged in its mottled white feathers in the winter snow stands out against the browns of a harvested Hoosier farmscape. The bird was photographed while perched on field irrigation equipment.
~photo by Tracie Kovener