Perched Short-eared OwlPerched Short-eared Owl at Red Rock Lakes – Nikon D300, f6.3, 1/800, ISO 500, +0.3 EV, Nikkor 200-400mm VR with 1.4x TC at 400mm, natural light, not baited or set up

Due to a crash in the vole population at Red Rock Lakes National Wildlife Refuge last summer there weren’t many Short-eared Owls around the refuge but the few that were there were real beauties.

This female Short-eared Owl was perched on a fence post in the light of the setting sun with a part of the Upper Lake in the background.  With the breeze blowing even her short ear tufts were visible.