Grumpy looking Burrowing Owl

Grumpy looking Burrowing OwlGrumpy looking Burrowing Owl – Nikon D810, f7.1, 1/640, +0.3 EV, Nikkor 500mm VR with 1.4x TC, natural light, not baited or called in

I photographed this adult Burrowing Owl yesterday morning on Antelope Island State Park near its burrow and realized that more often than not adult Burrowing Owls look grumpy compared to the juveniles who can look funny, clownish, goofy, serious and more. I’m not saying that the Burrowing Owl I photographed yesterday was grumpy, just that it looked that way.

It was nice to see two owls at this burrow yesterday and I hope that they are able to nest successfully this year and that people won’t get too close to them or their burrows so that they don’t abandon the nest which can be photographed from the road without even getting out of vehicles.

Life is good.



  1. Charlotte (Prairie Birder) March 18, 2015 at 9:30 pm

    Love it!

  2. Elephant's Child March 18, 2015 at 1:29 pm

    ‘WHAT did I just hear you say? Say it again. Go on, I dare you…’
    Burrowing owls in particular have SUCH expressive faces. And I love them.

  3. Larry Muench March 18, 2015 at 10:52 am

    Great shot! Now you need the other 6 dwarfs (and given their hilarious antics and poses, I’m sure you could)!

  4. Patty Chadwick March 18, 2015 at 10:22 am

    Burrowing owls and warthogs must have been invented to makes us laugh when all else fails!!! I LOVE them!!!

  5. Samantha Biobabbler March 18, 2015 at 9:39 am

    ah, lovely shot. I ADORE burrowing owls. If you spend many days surveying for them and never finding one occupied, it magnifies your appreciation for them. =)

  6. Humming Bird Lover March 18, 2015 at 7:44 am

    Hi! I love the look of Grumpy! I love all your photo’s of Owls, but the burrowing Owls make such funny and cute faces! I love all Owls and talking with and at them! Spring in Virginia I have some pairs near by I talk to! Keep up your great work you love! Have a special shooting day!

  7. Liz Cormack March 18, 2015 at 6:47 am

    It looks like it’s saying, “What do you want?” Great shot!

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