This year I’ve seen far more Short-eared Owls in Utah than I have since I moved here in 2009 and I’ve been enjoying photographing these nomadic and enchanting owls for over a month. Short-eared Owls will can be seen where there is ample prey to be found and if the small mammal population crashes they will move on which is why they are considered nomadic. These owls might not be in the same locations next year so I am taking every opportunity to photograph them that I can.
I woke about 3 am this morning and will soon drive 90 miles to the north hoping to see and photograph more Short-eared Owls. Yesterday from a distance I saw a male short-eared courtship sky dancing display so maybe they haven’t all started nesting. I would love to get images of the owls sky dancing that weren’t from a mile away!
Yesterday along with photographing male Short-eared Owls in the photos above I was able to photograph this female perched on a rusty metal post. She didn’t stay all that long but I enjoyed every second that I had with her.
Life is good.