I mentioned in my post about Short-eared Owls yesterday that I saw Burrowing Owls, Turkey Vultures and a third year Bald Eagle juvenile in northern Utah so I thought I would share a few more images form the northern Utah excursion.
The first birds I photographed was this pair of Burrowing Owls I located at the opening of their burrow. It was early in the morning, the grass around the burrow still had dew on it and the owls didn’t come up much further than this. It was great finding them though, they blend in so well in their habitat.
Then after the Burrowing Owls I spent time photographing Short-eared Owls including this one on an old wooden post.
Until he lifted of to dive on prey which he missed. I love how his talons haven’t left the post yet though I do wish he was looking a bit more towards me.
Further down the road I did see my first of the year Osprey on a power pole. It seemed such an odd place to find an Osprey but they are migrating so not seeing them near freshwater probably isn’t all that unusual. The photos I took of it weren’t the best given how far away it was but seeing was a joy.
There were plenty of Turkey Vultures around and catching this one sunning itself on a lichen covered boulder was nice. Turkey Vultures warm up by using thermoregulation and this spread wing posture exposes it more fully to the sun.
The Turkey Vulture also preened, shook and yawned while I photographed it. They might not be pretty but I sure appreciate vultures for cleaning up the environment.
And then there was this third year Bald Eagle juvenile also perched on a lichen covered boulder while much higher up a marmot’s shrill whistle let every other marmot nearby know that the eagle was there.
It was a wonderful, birdy trip to northern Utah and I hope to head that way again soon!
Life is good.