Short-eared Owl Fledgling Parallaxing

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Parallaxing Short-eared Owl fledglingParallaxing Short-eared Owl fledgling – Nikon D810, f8, 1/1250, ISO 500, -0.7 EV, Nikkor 500mm VR with 1.4x TC, FX mode, natural light, not baited

I can not resist photographing owls. Before I left on my recent trip north to Idaho and Montana I located a pair of Short-eared Owl fledglings along side of a road in northern Utah. They were right on the edge of the shoulder of the road, one of them perched on a mound of dirt and the other one on top of a tumbleweed and both of them had grasses behind them.

Both of the fledglings were parallaxing, or tilting and bobbing their heads in order to obtain absolute depth information of the object they are looking at. In my experiences in the field I see far more young owls parallaxing than I do adults. This Short-eared Owl fledgling spent a lot of time looking at the vehicle on the far side of the road parallaxing with its head tilted or bobbing up and down.

I have many more images of the pair of Short-eared Owl fledglings to process and hopefully post at some point in time. Who knew that owl fledglings and chicks could be so cute perched on tumbleweeds?

Life is good.



  1. Don June 17, 2016 at 2:42 pm

    Great shot. No idea what parallaxing was! Learn something every day ☺.

  2. Elephant's Child June 14, 2016 at 2:32 pm

    If I saw owls I would get repetitive strain injury taking photo after photo after photo. Seeing images of them makes me smile. Always. Except when devil wire is involved.

  3. Joan Carey June 14, 2016 at 2:05 pm

    “mmmm, I’m not sure of just what it is that I am seeing” ……… what a beauty!

  4. Patty Chadwick June 14, 2016 at 8:56 am

    A short-earred owl doing an amazing imitation of a Burrowing owl! Fantastic!!! If it was a contest, I hope this one wins…..

  5. Marie Read June 14, 2016 at 7:38 am


  6. Bob McPherson June 14, 2016 at 6:36 am

    Gorgeous photo, Mia. Its as if you talk to the animals.

  7. Liz Cormack June 14, 2016 at 5:25 am

    Too cute for words!

  8. Randal Sokolik June 14, 2016 at 5:21 am

    great ones!

  9. Roger Burnard June 14, 2016 at 5:17 am

    I LOVE IT, I LOVE IT, I LOVE IT…. ;-)))

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