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Burrowing Owl

Big eyes on little owl keep close watch

Burrowing Owls are tremendous fun to observe and make great photo subjects. Their diminutive size makes them awfully cute and those bright yellow eyes really get your attention.

This female was perched on a mullein plant north of Denver International Airport and while I thought I was the one doing the watching, it is clear that she was playing the role of a keen observer of me as well.

A female Burrowing Owl keeps close watch from her perch. (© Tony’s Takes)

A female Burrowing Owl keeps close watch from her perch. (© Tony’s Takes)

“I want my mama!”

“I want my mama!” While this Burrowing Owl owlet is actually just yawning, I can’t help but imagine its look in this picture as a cry for mom to bring it breakfast. Notice to the right one of its siblings is keeping close watch on the photographer while trying to stay camouflaged.

A young Burrowing Owl yawns while its sibling stares from the cover of grass.  (© Tony’s Takes)

A young Burrowing Owl yawns while its sibling stares from the cover of grass. (© Tony’s Takes)

Peek-a-boo!

I’m not entirely sure why folks have a hard time finding Burrowing Owls. 😉 Here, a pair of owlets does a pretty darned good job of staying out of sight of the shutterbug. Taken in Adams County, Colorado.

A pair of Burrowing Owl owlets hide in the grass by their burrow. (© Tony’s Takes)

A pair of Burrowing Owl owlets hide in the grass by their burrow. (© Tony’s Takes)

Friday funny: There’s one in every family

😉 This Burrowing Owl owlet north of Denver International Airport was quite the character. While its siblings pretty much ignored me, it was very interested in the guy with the camera. Feel free to share and bring a smile to someone else’s face. Have a great weekend!

One of a group of Burrowing Owl owlets seems a bit perplexed at having its picture taken.  (© Tony’s Takes)

One of a group of Burrowing Owl owlets seems a bit perplexed at having its picture taken. (© Tony’s Takes)

Adult Burrowing Owl in flight

I have struggled to get decent images of these fast-moving, erratic fliers but last week at least had some luck. Not as close as I would like and the houses in the background are distracting but I am pretty pleased with the images. These little guys are so much fun to watch – just can’t get enough of them!

An adult Burrowing Owl in flight. (© Tony’s Takes)

An adult Burrowing Owl in flight. (© Tony’s Takes)

An adult Burrowing Owl in flight. (© Tony’s Takes)

An adult Burrowing Owl in flight. (© Tony’s Takes)

An adult Burrowing Owl in flight. (© Tony’s Takes)

An adult Burrowing Owl in flight. (© Tony’s Takes)

A visit with the new Burrowing Owls

I haven’t had the opportunity to visit my little friends in a couple of weeks and since then there have been big changes. Last time I saw them, the Burrowing Owl owlets were still hiding underground.

Today they were out and about and entertaining as always. Unfortunately it was mid-afternoon so the lighting wasn’t particularly good but it was fun to watch them. Taken in Adams County, Colorado.

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The 'kids' hang out. Six Burrowing Owl owlets gather at their home in Adams County, Colorado. (© Tony’s Takes)

The ‘kids’ hang out. Six Burrowing Owl owlets gather at their home in Adams County, Colorado. (© Tony’s Takes)

Burrowing Owl brings home breakfast

This male Burrowing Owl is returning to its burrow with a mouse or vole firmly in its grasp.  I have struggled to get good flight shots of these fast, erratic fliers.  This is one of the few decent ones I have gotten.  It was quite a ways off so not as zoomed in as I would like.  Someday I will get the flight series I long for!  😉  Taken in Adams County, Colorado.

A male Burrowing Owl returns to the burrow with its catch. (© Tony’s Takes)

A male Burrowing Owl returns to the burrow with its catch. (© Tony’s Takes)

Look into my eyes and tell me what you see!

A Burrowing Owl’s bright yellow eyes burn into the camera as it keeps close watch. This guy was perfectly content to watch me from about 15 feet away as I sat in my truck. Still no sign of mama or the little ones but they should be emerging from the burrows very soon. Taken in Adams County, Colorado, USA.

Close up of a Burrowing Owl in Adams County, Colorado. (© Tony’s Takes)

Close up of a Burrowing Owl in Adams County, Colorado. (© Tony’s Takes)

Burrowing Owl does the Hippy Hippy Shake

This little guy of course wasn’t really dancing but it did shake itself off while sitting on this fence post. At this particular spot northeast of #Denver, the males continue to be out and about and usually quite visible. Any day now I expect to start seeing the females out of the burrows and little ones making their first public appearance.

A Burrowing Owl shakes itself off in Adams County, Colorado. (© Tony’s Takes)

A Burrowing Owl shakes itself off in Adams County, Colorado. (© Tony’s Takes)

Oh great – Here comes the paparazzi

This little Burrowing Owl seemed less than enthused to be having his picture taken as he sat on a fence post. 😉

A couple of the males at one of the spots where I go to take pictures of these birds have actually grown extraordinarily tolerant. As long as you pull up slowly in your vehicle, they will stand on the fence posts and let you take all the pictures you want.

The females are still below ground right now, no doubt keeping their recently born offspring warm. Within the next few weeks those little ones should start making public appearances which is when the real fun begins. Taken in Adams County, Colorado.

A Burrowing Owl appears to not be happy with having its picture taken.  (© Tony’s Takes)

A Burrowing Owl appears to not be happy with having its picture taken. (© Tony’s Takes)