Two years ago I photographed this male Short-eared Owl in Glacier County, Montana on a fence post on the perimeter of some CRP (Conservation Reserve Program) land on an August evening. CRP landowners are paid to allow their acreage to go back to their natural state which provides suitable habitat for birds and other animals so they can thrive even with all the cultivated land around them. CRP land must be fenced and this Short-eared Owl perched on one of the posts which happened to be very near the road. The owl was very cooperative, relaxed and even preened several times as I photographed it.
Short-eared Owls do have small ear tufts that aren’t always visible but this owl’s tufts were visible almost the entire time I photographed it.
Those bright yellow eyes sure are mesmerizing!