Fledgling Burrowing Owl

Fledgling Burrowing OwlFledgling Burrowing Owl – Nikon D200, f6.3, 1/320, ISO 320, Nikkor 200-400mm VR with 1.4x TC at 400mm, natural light, not baited

This is an image I created a few years ago of a fledgling Burrowing Owl on the way to Antelope Island State Park. The burrow was just off of the shoulder of the road so getting images while staying in the truck and using it as a mobile blind was easy.

This fledgling Burrowing Owl was just learning to fly at the time and wasn’t always great at landing. When I took this image it had made a soft crash landing into the Rabbitbrush and it was trying to get its balance back. I could not resist laughing as I watched the young owl fluttered its wings but my laughing did make it hard to keep my focus locked on.

These Burrowing Owls are amazing and funny subjects that are tremendous fun to photograph.

There is finally some clearing in the clouds here so I’m heading out to find some birds to photograph, hope I remember how to use my camera!



  1. Larry Jordan December 21, 2012 at 6:47 am

    Perfect shot of my favorite bird on the planet Mia 😀 They youngsters are, of course, the cutest of all!

    • Mia McPherson December 23, 2012 at 4:27 pm


      They are face meltingly cute! I have to look away from them now and again while photographing them otherwise my smile spreads so wide I can’t see 😉

  2. Tammy Karr December 20, 2012 at 4:37 am

    What an awesome capture!! Love it!

  3. Wally December 19, 2012 at 10:41 am

    Thanks for continuing to post pictures of Burrowing Owls so that I don’t give up hope of actually obtaining an image some day. Sigh.

    • Mia McPherson December 23, 2012 at 4:25 pm

      Get thee to Cape Coral Wally, find those owls and dance a happy dance! (Be sure to have someone takes photos of the happy dance for your blog) 🙂

  4. Rohrerbot December 19, 2012 at 9:08 am

    I love it! I hope to see one of these magnificent birds down the road. Owls learning the ways of flight make me smile. They have some awkward moments:)

    • Mia McPherson December 23, 2012 at 4:24 pm

      Chris, I hope you get to see loads of Burrowing Owls, especially the young ones because they can be so funny that it is hard to photograph them at times. They are cuties.

  5. Sherry in MT December 19, 2012 at 7:59 am

    I love the look on his face – of course it is his “normal look” but in this context it is like he’s furrowing his brow concentrating really hard (or looking angry because you are laughing at him)!

    • Mia McPherson December 23, 2012 at 4:16 pm

      Yes, I thought the fledgling had a very serious look on its face, of course that is anthropomorphizing but I allow myself to do that now and then! Thanks for your comment.

  6. Bob Bushell December 19, 2012 at 6:33 am


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