Fledgling Burrowing OwlFledgling Burrowing Owl – Nikon D200, f6.3, 1/320, ISO 320, Nikkor 200-400mm VR with 1.4x TC at 400mm, natural light, not baited

This is an image I created a few years ago of a fledgling Burrowing Owl on the way to Antelope Island State Park. The burrow was just off of the shoulder of the road so getting images while staying in the truck and using it as a mobile blind was easy.

This fledgling Burrowing Owl was just learning to fly at the time and wasn’t always great at landing. When I took this image it had made a soft crash landing into the Rabbitbrush and it was trying to get its balance back. I could not resist laughing as I watched the young owl fluttered its wings but my laughing did make it hard to keep my focus locked on.

These Burrowing Owls are amazing and funny subjects that are tremendous fun to photograph.

There is finally some clearing in the clouds here so I’m heading out to find some birds to photograph, hope I remember how to use my camera!