Burrowing Owls draw me in

Juvenile Burrowing Owl looking right at meJuvenile Burrowing Owl looking right at me – Nikon D200, f7.1, 1/750, ISO 250, Nikkor 200-400mm VR with 1.4x TC at 400mm, natural light, not baited

Last week I spotted my first Burrowing Owl of the year, it was a distance away and I didn’t take any images of it but I had to do a wiggle dance in my seat because I was excited seeing one again. The adults are beautiful and the juveniles; well they draw me in.

Burrowing Owl juvenile looking at something in the distanceBurrowing Owl juvenile looking at something in the distance – Nikon D200, f8, 1/500, ISO 320, Nikkor 200-400mm VR with 1.4x TC at 400mm, natural light, not baited

Juvenile Burrowing Owls can look very serious and they can also appear rather funny, they are very animated and entertaining and they make fantastic subjects. Photographing them is a joy.

Can’t wait!


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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. Can’t wait to see your 2013 images, Mia!

  2. My favorite Mia! That first shot is just adorable!

  3. AH! I’m flippin my lid out of the rampant cuteness!!! but really these photos are incredible Mia. I just love the burrowing owls. So charismatic.

  4. cute birds and nice attitude, really nice pictures mia
    take care ☺

  5. These Burrowing Owls can give some of the most entertaining looks. Wonderful one legged pose on that first shot, thanks for posting.

  6. What a cutie. You’ve caught him in the most expressive gestures and postures.

  7. I will forever associate these guys with your images I think Mia.. And this set seems so amazingly pristine and studio portrait like ;)

  8. Jane Chesebrough

    When I hear how excited you get, I think how great it is to be alive and how fun it is to be so excited about our feathered friends in life. Bravo!

  9. Oh how I would love to see one of these amazing owls. Stunning photographs, Mia!

  10. Beautiful captures, Mia. I love your composition and can see why Burrowing Owls are endlessly fascinating!

  11. What a amazing bird, great job Mia.

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