I feel so happy at times when I am out photographing birds that I can barely contain my joy. The joy I feel often increases when I am photographing the Burrowing Owls of northern Utah because they are such fascinating birds to observe and they are handsome too. The adults always seem more serious to me but the young Burrowing Owls can be goofy, funny and act like small, feathered clowns.
Most of the Burrowing Owls here have left for warmer climates but a few will stay around and maybe one day I will get a photograph of one of these desert owls in the snow. Those are photos I have long wished to to create.
Last week I saw one juvenile Burrowing Owl in northern Utah but the last time I was up that way I didn’t see it again. Maybe it left or maybe it was just inside the burrow.
This adult male Burrowing Owl was a cooperative bird when I photographed it in May of this year, it was close enough to get frame filling images of it in nice morning light. The owl must have already had its morning meal that day because its bill was very bloody.
It might be a long drive in the wee hours of the morning to get to where these Burrowing Owls are in northern Utah during the breeding season but they are worth it and I know I am so very lucky to have these owls to photograph!
Life is good.