Northern Utah Burrowing Owl in Front of a Green Field

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Burrowing Owl in front of a green fieldBurrowing Owl in front of a green field – Nikon D500, f7.1, 1/800, ISO 400, -1.0 EV, Nikkor 500mm VR with 1.4x TC, natural light, not baited

It has been a wet spring here in northern Utah and because of that there are fields and huge swaths of land covered in green grasses and green weeds in the Salt Lake Valley that seem so lush compared to later in the year when things dry out from the intense summer heat.

I get excited when I have the chance to photograph birds in front of green fields. It might seem silly to people in other parts of the country for me to be excited about fields green but I do live in a desert and that means the “green” does not last long outside of the irrigated blue grass lawns found in the cities and towns.

Last week I photographed this adult Burrowing Owl in front of a green field in the bright morning light and loved the contrast between the warm tones of the owl’s plumage and the deep greens in the background. It is a simple image yet the soothing green tones in the background make this photo very pleasing to my eyes.

I just can’t take the color green for granted while living in a desert.

Life is good.



  1. Laura Culley May 2, 2017 at 11:09 am

    Ah yes, the color green. Almost my favorite (my absolute favorite color is sunlight filtered through the red tail of a redtail, but green is a close second). While I hate using the word cute for burrowing owls (raptors are most often majestic and stately), how can you resist? I mean, seriously, they’re just cute!

  2. Elephants Child May 1, 2017 at 2:31 pm

    Green, in all its variations, is one of my favourite colours. And owls are right up there on the bird list too.

  3. Pepe Forte May 1, 2017 at 10:54 am

    Great contrasts and colors; the detail is terrific. Sweet shot Mia. Thanks.

  4. Bob mcphersonops May 1, 2017 at 8:30 am

    Gorgeous image, MiA. Love the green background.

  5. Nicole May 1, 2017 at 8:01 am

    Absolutely gorgeous… the details in the feathers and the different shades of color are really wonderful!

  6. Patty Chadwick May 1, 2017 at 7:45 am

    This image prove once again that Burrowing Owls are ALWAYS funny and cute…..

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