Young Short-eared Owl perched on barbed wire – Nikon D500, f7.1, 1/1000, ISO 400, -0.3 EV, Nikkor 500mm VR with 1.4x TC, natural light, not baited
This morning I am sharing a photo of one of the few young Short-eared Owls I saw this past breeding season here in northern Utah. This young bird was being watched after by a male Short-eared Owl who was also perched nearby.
The old barbed wire fence was removed since this photo was taken and a newer, uglier one replaced it. The gnarly old juniper fence posts are gone too and were replaced with unattractive metal fence posts with garish yellow-green painted tops. Things change, sometimes those changes are not for the better.
I like how the titled head of the young owl conveys an implied interest in the woman taking its picture. I probably tilt my head slightly too when I am trying to figure stuff out.
Speaking of figuring things out, I really don’t have much to say this morning because I have been thinking about the assault on our public lands yesterday. It has felt overwhelming but I take some consolation in that fact that this malicious act will be tied up in court for years.
It is a good time to head out to find refuge with the birds and nature.