A couple of weeks ago I featured a couple of pictures of a snowy owl that I took at the MSP airport for my submission to that weeks Camera Critters Meme.
This week I have a new picture of a different snowy owl taken at the same airport. It appears as though there are at least two owls hanging around MSP. This new owl appears to be a mature male, you can tell this by the lack of spots or barring on the owl.
The first owl that I photographed in December at the airport, pictured above, had much more barring. This would indicate that it is either a female or possibly a young male, I am guessing the later of the two.
The owls like the flat open areas that you find at larger airports, it is similar to the habitat that you find out on the tundra where they live most of the year. Airports also tend to have a good supply of rodents which is necessary to support these large owls. As you can see from the pic above they do not seem to be bothered by the incoming and outgoing planes but I have to believe that the jet fumes can not be good for them.