Birdwatchers flock for glimpse of rare snowy owl in US capital

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Washington (AFP) – The white dome of the US Capitol shines through the night, illuminating a small group huddled down the hill, bundled tightly against the winter cold and carrying long-lens cameras and binoculars. The motley crew are not there to photograph Washington’s famous monuments — they have their sights set on a rare creature that flew in from the Arctic: a snowy owl. “There he is!” shouts one of the birdwatchers. The crowd shifts positions to get a better angle. “It’s amazing,” says an enthused Meleia Rose, 41. “I’ve been a birder a long time and this is my first time every seeing a…

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