Short-eared Owl at Red Rock Lakes National Wildlife Refuge

Perched Short-eared OwlPerched Short-eared Owl – 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.


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About Mia McPherson

I am a nature lover, wildlife watcher and a bird photographer. I first become serious about bird photography when I moved to Florida in 2004 and it wasn’t long before I was hooked (addicted is more like it). My move to the Salt Lake area of Utah was a great opportunity to continue observing their behavior and to pursue my passion for photographing birds.


  1. This should be a magazine cover. It has all of the requisite aesthetic components, combined with your art and your heart. You can feel it in each of your images, the love you obviously feel for your subjects and your craft.

  2. I like the effect the wind is having. She looks very cute!

  3. Another great image. Perfect light and you enhanced it with perfect technique!

  4. I think I’m in love

  5. I like the attractive plumage all around.

  6. A most beautiful sight! Spectacular photograph!

  7. Perfect pose he did and what a cool looking owl. Something I’ve not yet come across to photograph. Someday….

  8. I love the textures you captured with this bird. They are always a treat to see. Thanks for sharing.

  9. She is a real beauty. I love owls. They are truly magnificent creatures and draw your attention when they are rarely out in the open. Wonderful shot Mia. I love the lighting on your pics.

  10. what a pretty little owl..your photo is so good..the feather detail is fabulous.

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