Young Burrowing Owls In And Near Their Burrows

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A young Burrowing Owl peeking out of its burrowA young Burrowing Owl peeking out of its burrow – Nikon D810, f9, 1/2000, ISO 400, Nikkor 500mm VR with 1.4x TC, natural light, not baited

The young Burrowing Owls I have been following and photographing are growing up but many of them still stay close to the burrows they hatched in.

A young Burrowing Owl outside of its burrowA young Burrowing Owl outside of its burrow – Nikon D810, f9, 1/1600, ISO 400, Nikkor 500mm VR with 1.4x TC, natural light, not baited

Not only did the burrows provide them with safety from the elements they also provide a place that the owls can escape predators from the sky. I have seen Peregrine Falcons try to take young owls and being able to go deep into the burrows would save their lives.

They grow up so fast and before too long they will head out to over winter further south but for now many of the young owls still stay close to their burrows.

Life is good.

Mia

8 Comments

  1. Kathie August 5, 2015 at 7:29 am

    They are so delightful to observe! Cute pic!

  2. Humming Bird Lover August 4, 2015 at 10:00 pm

    Hi! Love the cute little Owls! You sure get them in great settings! Thanks for showing them! Have a great time shooting!

  3. Chris Rohrer August 4, 2015 at 3:46 pm

    Good luck to the wee beasties! I enjoy watching them around their homes. I try not to disturb them but I do like to drive by their ONE spot in Tucson to check up on them. They also had babies this year:)

  4. Elephant's Child August 4, 2015 at 1:33 pm

    Thank you.
    These birds melt my heart every time I see them (on screen, the only way I ever WILL see them).

  5. Nicole Haller-Wilson August 4, 2015 at 11:48 am

    Wonderful photos of some of my fAvorite birds!

  6. Utahbooklover August 4, 2015 at 10:49 am

    Thanks for the great images. And I’m thankful the EPA took a historic step forward for birds, and for people, yesterday with sweeping new rules limiting climate pollution from existing power plants. Nearly 40 percent of our nation’s carbon pollution comes from these power plants. The Clean Power Plan is a critical part of the solutions we need to reduce pollution and protect our birds from climate change.

  7. Patty Chadwick August 4, 2015 at 10:12 am

    So glad you get to see, record and share these wonderfully funny little guys…don’t think I’d ever see one otherwise, and they bring SO much pleasure….

  8. Dave Sparks August 4, 2015 at 8:26 am

    Mia:
    I’m jealous. I’ve found Burrowing Owls several places in Colorado since we got settled in here, but none close enough to get images with half the quality of yours. I did get fairly close to one perched on a cactus, but the sun was directly behind the bird.
    Dave

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