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Burrowing Owl

Hanging on and watching out

This Burrowing Owl and its clan were a hoot (pun intended) to watch this past summer. They have since left Colorado for southern latitudes where the weather is warmer during the winter. These little owls have a symbiotic relationship with prairie dogs, sharing their colonies with both sounding the alert when predators approach.

A burrowing owl keeps watch on the Colorado plains. (© Tony’s Takes)

A burrowing owl keeps watch on the Colorado plains. (© Tony’s Takes)

S T R E T C H

A burrowing owl does its morning stretches today out north of Denver  International Airport.

A burrowing own does its morning stretches - on one leg. © Tony’s Takes

A burrowing own does its morning stretches – on one leg. © Tony’s Takes

The stare of the Burrowing Owl

Taken yesterday morning near Denver International Airport, this adult Burrowing Owl was surprisingly tolerant of my presence and let me take pictures of it from every angle.  It did keep a watchful eye as it sat on a yucca plant shoot. Please feel free to share. 

The stare of a Burrowing Owl. © Tony’s Takes

The stare of a Burrowing Owl. © Tony’s Takes

Burrowing Owl owlet stands at attention

Finally! It took some rather stealthy work but I was finally able to get some decent pics of burrowing owls. These were found north of Denver International Airport. Two owlets were seen – the parents must have been napping in their burrows. Will try tomorrow to see if I can get the whole clan.
A burrowing owl owlet keeps a watchful look. © Tony’s Takes

A burrowing owl owlet keeps a watchful look. © Tony’s Takes

Can I help you?

A burrowing owl seems a bit annoyed with a neighboring prairie dog.  Taken this evening at the Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge.  The burrowing owls are my latest obsession and I am getting frustrated.  They are very, very difficult to find and notoriously shy not letting you get anywhere near close before heading into their holes.  This will be my mission this weekend.  😉  

“Can I help you?” A burrowing owl seems annoyed with a prairie dog. © Tony’s Takes