I’m taking a break today from posting photos of my recent trip to southwestern Montana to share an image of a Burrowing Owl (Athene cunicularia) family from here in Utah that I created a few days ago.
I should mention that not all of the birds from this family are shown in this frame, there are possibly 4 more owlets that aren’t perched on the sagebrush with the rest of the birds. I’d sure love an image where all of them were present.
I shouldn’t anthropomorphize but I can’t help but compare this image to some of the family portraits I have seen of my family and other families.
Juvenile Burrowing Owl on the far left: “Ok, I’m here, standing straight and giving you my best side. Take the photo already!”
Juvenile Burrowing Owl, 2nd from left: “I hate having my photo taken, I’m a little shy so I will hide”.
Adult Burrowing Owl, 3rd from left: “Where the heck are the other 4 kids?”
Juvenile Burrowing Owl, 4th from left: “I’m the clown of the family!”
Adult Burrowing Owl, 5th from left: “Junior, stop being a clown and smile for the camera”.
Juvenile Burrowing Owl, 6th from the left: “Wait, I have got something in front of my eye!!”.
I remember how challenging it was for my mom to get us all in the picture, to have us all looking at the camera, how my brother was always making silly faces and then the flash blinding us all. Those memories makes me laugh now.
I had to zoom back to 235mm to fit all of the owls into the frame.