September 12, 2014
- as seen by -Kristen Avery
When I walk up to the Birds of Prey exhibit at the Bronx Zoo, the Andean condor looms large, perched on a branch, wings ominously outstretched.
Then, there’s its neighbor, the snowy owl. His downy feet are planted on the ground, and he gazes with a mischievous side eye as I cross his sightline. He is a most expressive bird and a personal favorite.
They are one of the heaviest owls in North America, weighing up to 6.5 pounds. This extra weight helps them to survive frigid winters in the wild.
Behind the snowy owl’s animated face lies a resilient bird.