Short-eared Owl in Tooele County, Utah

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A Short-eared Owl in Tooele CountyA Short-eared Owl in Tooele County – Nikon D810, f8, 1/800, ISO 500, Nikkor 500mm VR with 1.4x TC, natural light, not baited

It has been a while since I photographed this Short-eared Owl in Tooele County at the James W. Fitzgerald WMA yet I still think about seeing it and several other owls at the WMA perched, in flight and hunting. It was last May when I saw them.

I’m a bit of an owl freak, I guess you could even say I have a delightful case of strigiformesphilia, an obsession with owls. It is not nearly as severe as my addiction to bird photography but it is pretty close!

For a few years I was able to photograph Short-eared Owls often but for the past couple of years my encounters with them have been very limited to brief but exhilarating sightings and fewer opportunities to photograph them. Maybe that will change this year.

Normally I would prefer to have this owl fill the frame more than it does but I am also quite fond of showing my subjects small in the frame so that more of its habitat is shown like it is in this owl photo. For me it feels as if I have been invited into the owl’s world for a short but wonderful visit and I hope that people viewing this image feel much the same.

Life is good.



  1. Humming bird lover March 2, 2016 at 2:01 pm

    Hi! Send me this photo honey? What year it was taken? You know I love Owls!! Love ya mom

  2. Utahbooklover March 1, 2016 at 9:02 pm

    Great composition of the owl looking right at you — and us. Thanks Mia.

  3. Elephant's Child March 1, 2016 at 11:45 am

    And thank you.

  4. Patty Chadwick March 1, 2016 at 9:16 am

    BEAUTIFUL! On all counts….

  5. Bob McPherson March 1, 2016 at 7:06 am

    Outstanding photo Mia. Love your Owl pictures.

  6. Bob McPherson March 1, 2016 at 5:44 am

    Beautiful photo Mia. Love your owls.

  7. nia March 1, 2016 at 5:43 am

    So beautiful, fascinated me. Thank you, love, nia

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