Sibling Burrowing Owls

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Sibling Burrowing OwlsSibling Burrowing Owls – Nikon D810, f7.1, 1/2500, ISO 500, Nikkor 500mm VR with 1.4x TC, natural light

Yesterday while wandering around in northern Utah I spotted an adult and then 5 sibling Burrowing Owls also showed up to perch on an old fence line. They were adorable but the sun was already high in the sky so I wasn’t happy with many of the images due to the contrasty light and dark shadows but I thought I would share an image with two of the owlets in it.

Burrowing Owl populations are on the decline in the west because of habitat destruction with a subsequent increase in mammalian predation.

Maybe we can stop the decline in their population if we stop building near their habitat, stop killing the prairie dogs and stop using pesticides and rodenticides.  Maybe.



  1. Mia McPherson June 19, 2015 at 5:38 pm

    Thanks for the comment everyone, they are such fantastic birds to observe and photograph!

  2. Elephant's Child June 19, 2015 at 2:18 pm

    Too many owls would be barely enough.
    Love these guys, and hope (so much) that all of your maybes become fact.

  3. Utahbooklover June 19, 2015 at 11:45 am

    Thanks for this cute image and the link to an interesting post I hadn’t seen before.

  4. Patty Chadwick June 19, 2015 at 10:37 am

    Love these guys…always good for a smile (and I sure needed one!)

  5. Lois Bryan June 19, 2015 at 8:28 am

    This is so absolutely darling, Mia … I viewed this from my phone earlier and had to come in here and feast my eyes from the computer’s screen!!!!

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