Burrowing Owl juvenile on a Sagebrush

Burrowing Owl juvenileBurrowing Owl juvenile

I can’t resist photographing Burrowing Owls, I just can’t. They are so much fun to see and observe. I photographed this juvenile last year as it tried to get its balance back while perched on a Sagebrush and the pose and facial expression amuses me.

I’ve been seeing the Burrowing Owls on the island again, it won’t be too long before there are chicks.


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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. Burrowing Owls are such characters, thank you all for your comments.

    Mavourneen, I’ve seen some active burrows but we most likely won’t see much of the owls until the chicks make their way out of the burrows.

  2. Love that expression and those beautiful eyes! How wonderful to get to see these adorable birds!

  3. That is a fabulous photo and I’d agree, that expression is priceless! Got to see (and touch) my first ever great horned owl at the vet clinic Thursday. It was amazing but STINKY – he’d been eating skunk. Phew!

  4. I don’t blame you Mia, they are beautiful.

  5. What a cool picture! Great expression. Looks like he’s trying to remain calm until he can gain a foothold.
    Simply wonderful creatures!

  6. Wonderful photo — hard to beat the expression of a juvenile. Keep up the good work, Mia.

  7. Marvelous Mia, simply marvelous!

  8. very nice position on the picture, good timing mia ☺
    have a nice end of week end

  9. They are such cute birds, excellent photograph, Mia!

  10. Beautiful! I have never seen one.

  11. You are lucky to have seen the owls on the Island again. I haven’t seen them, but it looks like they’ve been making their dens, “homely” Unless someone just messed up all the dirt on purpose? Cool shot though!

  12. Beautiful photo Mia. Sweet image to start my day , Thanks!

  13. Fantastic capture Mia:)

  14. Wow! I’ve only seen them in pictures and once from a vehicle in CO. Great shot!

  15. Love the owls! I was able to see them for the first time in Florida! Very cute shot, Mia.

  16. What an amazing capture Mia! I spent a lot of time with these little Owls on my visit to Anelope Island. Thanks for showing me where they were.

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