A goofy look from a Short-eared Owl in Montana

A goofy look from a Short-eared OwlA goofy look from a Short-eared Owl – Nikon D200, f6.3, 1/320, ISO 400, +0.7 EV, Nikkor 200-400mm VR with 1.4x TC at 400mm, natural light, not baited or called in

Most of the time the birds and animals I photograph look majestic, elegant or their poses convey action but some times they look just plain goofy. It seems that owls in particular can get into funny poses or have goofy expressions like this male Short-eared Owl I photographed in Glacier County, Montana during a lovely golden sunset. The Short-eared Owl was peering at something in the barley field across the road, what ever it was I couldn’t see it.

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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. Might the owl be thinking, “Whatever IS that bunny doing with those eggs and that basket?”

  2. Cute! I just posted some goofy Burrowing Owl photos on FB. :-)

  3. Jane Chesebrough

    Can’t come up with anything for this,I like it.

  4. And what an intent stare. I suspect that whatever the owl was looking at could feel that gaze.

  5. ~ laughing ~ LOVE it!!!!

  6. I bet this bird could look elegant if required to do so. And if all birds were elegant all the time we would describe them as commonplace. We need goofy and non-majestic for elegant and majestic to exist. You get extra points for posting the goofy look of the owl.
    (If this sounds critical, it’s meant to be humorous.)

  7. I like this image. It looks the way I often feel in the morning.

  8. That’a a pretty cool shot!

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