Snowy Owl: Queen Of The North
1 x 60'
The snowy owl glares across the tundra with all-knowing eyes – these owls seem to capture our imagination: but what lies beyond their magical beauty and charm? How do they survive the ever-changing, uncertain resources of the High Arctic?
This film follows a pair of snowy owls as they breed on the tundra of the High Arctic, 300 miles inside the Arctic Circle. This owl wanders the vast Arctic in the spring, looking for an area with enough lemmings for the birds to raise their young. Adult snowy owls can survive year round in this barren, frozen land. No other owls are capable of surviving such extreme conditions, whereas the snowy owl is able to hunt through six months of bright sunshine and six months of twilight.
We learn why they lay so many eggs, why they hatch intermittently and why the young soon wander.
When summer, eventually, arrives, our pair attempt to breed in unusual circumstances. This year, lemming numbers are low. Five owlets hatch and they face a struggle – if any are going to survive.
‘Snowy Owl – Queen of the North’ is an intimate and remarkable story that reveals the truth about these amazing creatures.
Produced by Nature Conservation Channel Ltd for Terra Mater Factual Studios in co-production with Thirteen WNET/New York