Sleepy, Yawning Juvenile Burrowing Owl

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Sleepy juvenile Burrowing Owl, Box Elder County, UtahSleepy juvenile Burrowing Owl – Nikon D810, f7.1, 1/1000, ISO 400, +0.3 EV, Nikkor 500mm VR with 1.4x TC, natural light

I’m a little like this sleepy juvenile Burrowing Owl this morning, I overslept, my coffee still hasn’t kicked in, I’m yawning frequently and I am still sleepy.

This photo was taken on July 3rd of 2016 which is now nearly two years ago. It was a great year for Short-eared and Burrowing Owl photography here in northern Utah because they were so plentiful and I was able to spot them in many locations. This year has been okay for spotting Short-eared Owls but I am sure not finding Burrowing Owls like I had been in previous years. I don’t like to be an alarmist but I do admit I am concerned about the Burrowing Owl numbers here in northern Utah.

Normally I don’t keep many photos of birds or animals when their eyes are closed because eye contact is engaging and connects me with my subjects but in some cases I actually like photos of my subjects with their eyes closed and this juvenile Burrowing Owl photo is one of those images. Eyes open or closed this owl is a cutie.

Life is good.




  1. Pepe Forte July 4, 2018 at 5:51 pm

    Great pic Mia. Thanks

  2. Kim July 2, 2018 at 6:39 am

    Oh, wow! What a fantastic pic!

  3. Elephants Child July 1, 2018 at 3:30 pm

    I am so very glad (and grateful) that you didn’t delete this charmer.

  4. Patty Chadwick July 1, 2018 at 1:03 pm

    Wonderful! Feel the same way…couldn’t go to sleep until 6:30 this morning…and then only until 8:30…husband got up about 1:30, dressed was going to drive to Buffalo–10 hours away! We have more and more such nights…went back to bed when told to….

  5. Liz Cormack July 1, 2018 at 10:52 am

    Oh, my, what a cute shot. A keeper for sure.

  6. Jane Chesebrough July 1, 2018 at 10:45 am

    Oh, I love this! Happy day to you, Mia.

  7. Bob mcpherson July 1, 2018 at 7:22 am

    A keeper.

  8. Kathy July 1, 2018 at 5:43 am

    That is a precious photo! I agree, he is a cutie!

  9. Marty K July 1, 2018 at 5:30 am

    Looks like he’s going for a little foot-stretch during the yawn as well. This is such a captivating shot!

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