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Stunning images of snowy owl captured by traffic camera

A traffic camera captured a series of stunning images of a snowy owl in flight in Canada.

The images were recorded by Transport Quebec traffic cameras above a snow-lined motorway in Montreal, Quebec, earlier this month.

They show the bird in the distance and then in full view before it flies off.

The cameo is particularly special in Quebec as the snowy owl is it's official national symbol.

Quebec transport minister Robert Poëti tweeted the images with the caption [translated]: “Magnificent snowy owl picked up by surveillance cameras of the road network on the A-40 in the West of MTL”.

Posting further stills on his Facebook page, Mr Poëti said: “An impressive solo was captured in full flight by the surveillance cameras of the road network on highway 40 ... in the west of the island of Montreal. Here's a couple of shots of this beautiful snowy owl!”

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Mr Poëti later tweeted out a link to footage of the bird, saying: "By popular demand, here is the video of our majestic visitor."