In my Exceptionally Obliging Turkey Vulture post yesterday I mentioned that I had headed north to find owls, Short-eared and Burrowing, and that I had found them, lots of them.
I started the morning by seeing a Short-eared Owl in its moth-like flight way off in the distance but the first owl I focused on with my camera was a male Burrowing Owl on a rusted pole in warm golden light.
Then a few minutes after I left the first Burrowing Owl I found another one close to the road in what I think was great light with a creamy and complimentary background. Sure it is a man made perch but could the light and background get any sweeter?
I saw quite a few more Burrowing Owls off in the distance too on Friday morning.
The next owl I was to photograph on Friday was a Short-eared Owl male in profile looking around either for prey or at the other birds in flight nearby. We have had so much rain this spring that fields that are normally drying up by May are still green and lush which delights me for the different backgrounds I am able to obtain.
I watched as this Short-eared Owl dove to the ground after prey and came up with empty talons twice and as it kept searching with its eyes for more prey.
After an unsuccessful attempt at grabbing prey the owl landed on the same perch. This owl had bloody talons so I knew it had recently caught something.
As I drove around I saw quite a few more owls that I didn’t photograph because they were either too far away or they were close but in poor lighting conditions. As I was getting ready to head home though I had to stop and capture a series of images of this male Burrowing Owl standing guard about 70 feet from an active burrow where I could see a female close to the opening.
I am thoroughly enjoying photographing Burrowing and Short-eared Owls in May and satisfying my owl obsession. But the month isn’t over yet and there is June, July, August and September yet to come.
Life is good.
P.S., my owl obsession will never be satisfied. Ever. I can’t imagine ever seeing enough of them to do that.