Fifteen Minutes with Sibling Burrowing Owl Juveniles

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Sibling Burrowing Owl juveniles on old postsSibling Burrowing Owl juveniles on old posts – Nikon D810, f7.1, 1/640, ISO 400, +0.3 EV, Nikkor 500mm VR with 1.4x TC, natural light, not baited

Yesterday morning I spent fifteen minutes with sibling Burrowing Owl juveniles in northern Utah not long after the sun came up and while there was still golden light. For photographing birds of any species that is my favorite time of the day but especially for these small desert owls.

This time of the year the grasses have dried out and almost match the colors found in the owl’s plumage and they blend into their habitat so well during the month of August that I have a harder time spotting them. This pair of siblings were on the ground near a burrow entrance when I located them in the grasses and after a bit they flew up to land out in the open on two old posts.

Burrowing Owl juvenile lift off from an old fence postBurrowing Owl juvenile lift off from an old fence post – Nikon D810, f7.1, 1/1000, ISO 400, Nikkor 500mm VR with 1.4x TC, natural light, not baited

One of the Burrowing Owl siblings flew closer to the road where it posed for several minutes in the warm golden light on an old fence post before it lifted off. I was able to catch the precise moment before its talons left the fence post with its wings lifted up.

Spending any time with juvenile Burrowing Owls is great fun and they always make me smile.

Life is good.



  1. April Olson August 3, 2016 at 11:32 pm


  2. Elephant's Child August 3, 2016 at 1:32 pm

    Ooooh. Thank you.

  3. Patty Chadwick August 3, 2016 at 12:11 pm

    One burrowing owl is hilarious…two or more of them is 10000 times as funny…!!!! They don’t have to be doing anything to make me laugh…and these days I need laughter even more than oxygen to survive!!!

  4. pennypinchadventure Tim Traver August 3, 2016 at 7:26 am

    My daughter Mollie, wife Delia and I saw our first burrowing owls last year at Salton Sea. Wonderful long legs and big yellow irises. These photos really do them justice. Thanks!

  5. Neil Rossmiller August 3, 2016 at 7:23 am

    Thanks Mia, I needed an owl fix. We might have to make the trip this week.
    Good stuff!

  6. Bob mcpherson August 3, 2016 at 6:51 am

    Beautiful, perfect photos , Mia.

  7. suzanne Mcdougal August 3, 2016 at 6:23 am

    Glorious. That is all.

  8. Randal Sokolik August 3, 2016 at 6:01 am

    great shots- the first isna perfect balance/rule of thirds and the owls seemed to have understood and perched on the staggered posts! ha

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