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!

Mia

22 Comments

  1. Tami March 20, 2013 at 1:14 pm

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

  2. Larry Jordan March 19, 2013 at 10:46 pm

    My favorite Mia! That first shot is just adorable!

  3. Bryce Robinson March 19, 2013 at 5:22 pm

    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.

    • Mia McPherson March 22, 2013 at 7:30 pm

      You hit the nail on the head Bryce… rampant cuteness fits them perfectly! And the give me face melt too.

  4. eric c11 March 19, 2013 at 1:59 pm

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

  5. Jim March 19, 2013 at 1:25 pm

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

    • Mia McPherson March 22, 2013 at 7:29 pm

      I agree Jim, these Burrowing owls do have entertaining looks.

  6. M. Firpi March 19, 2013 at 12:14 pm

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

  7. Azstu March 19, 2013 at 12:02 pm

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

    • Mia McPherson March 22, 2013 at 7:27 pm

      Thanks Stu, they are why I use my Burrowing Owl avatar/profile pic all over the place!

  8. Jane Chesebrough March 19, 2013 at 11:57 am

    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!

    • Mia McPherson March 22, 2013 at 7:27 pm

      Jane, it is hard not to be excited about the wonders of nature! I’m very grateful to be alive and to spend so much time outdoors surrounded by nature.

  9. Julie G. March 19, 2013 at 7:29 am

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

    • Mia McPherson March 22, 2013 at 7:26 pm

      Julie, I really hope you see a Burrowing Owl soon, but be warned, they will steal your heart!

  10. Lynn Koch March 19, 2013 at 7:12 am

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

    • Mia McPherson March 22, 2013 at 7:25 pm

      Thanks Lynn, they are fascinating and pretty darn cute too!

  11. Ricky March 19, 2013 at 6:29 am

    What a amazing bird, great job Mia.

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