Snowy owls (male and female) (2020)

Inge Marleen - Snowy owls (male and female)

Diptych, oil on canvas, 24 x 30 cm and 30 x 40 cm

The female snowy owl is significantly larger than the male, which is an anomaly among birds. As a chick, the snowy owl is largely spotted with dark brown ‘bands’, which camouflages it on the ground. When the chick grows older, it slowly loses most of its dark markings: females remain lightly spotted with brown marks, males are almost entirely white. The snowy owl is a nomadic bird that is very rarely seen in The Netherlands.