I thought I would share some images I have taken of Western Burrowing Owls that I took over several days spent with them in Box Elder County, Utah. There won’t be much text but hopefully the images will pretty much speak for themselves.
Juvenile Burrowing Owls look so expressive with serious looks to funny clown faces and all of them amuse, delight and enchant me.
They learn to keep their balance even in a breeze…
And they stretch their wings and quite often stretch the leg simultaneously on the same side as the stretched out wing.
The young Burrowing Owls seem to like the morning sun and I’ve seen several of them perched on posts next to each other.
They fly with amazing grace shortly after learning how to use their wings.
And although they don’t always land with grace they will learn to do that soon enough.
I like to watch the get their balance because as a bird photographer that means many different poses and facial expressions in a short period of time. The trick is getting them with their eyes open and looking towards the camera.
I liked this photo because it shows the whole length of one wing and the plumage pattern. The light was getting high so more of the owl’s eye is shaded from the brow.
This final image was taken two days ago and although some might find the bloody bill of this female a tad repulsive it simply reminds me that the owls are and will always be birds of prey no matter how cute they might look.
Life is good.