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Prairie Dog

Look! Up in the sky!

A Burrowing Owl and Prairie Dog keep watch on a pair of Swainson’s Hawks that were casing their neighborhood.

I was taking pictures of these two today when all of the Prairie Dogs started ‘barking’ incessantly. A look up revealed why as the two hawks circled repeatedly, likely looking for a meal. The Prairie Dogs all soon disappeared into their burrows while the owl didn’t seem particularly worried.

Taken north of Denver International Airport.

A Burrowing Owl and Prairie Dog keep watch on a pair of Swainson's Hawks that were casing their neighborhood. (© Tony’s Takes)

A Burrowing Owl and Prairie Dog keep watch on a pair of Swainson’s Hawks that were casing their neighborhood. (© Tony’s Takes)

Prairie dog – It’s whats for breakfast

Prairie dog. It’s whats for breakfast. This young Red Tailed Hawk was enjoying his meal in a lightly populated suburban area of northeast Denver this morning. Truly an absolutely amazing morning of picture taking (thanks once again to a friend’s tip) so there is much more to come.

Scroll down below the featured image for more of my encounter with this hawk.

A juvenile Red Tailed Hawk dines on prairie dog. (© Tony’s Takes)

A juvenile Red Tailed Hawk dines on prairie dog. (© Tony’s Takes)

Prairie dog camouflage

This little guy seemed to think a few blades of grass would be enough to hide him at Grand Teton National Park. Didn’t work so well.  For most folks in the west these rodents are considered pests but for some others, they can actually be quite a tourist attraction. They are kind of cute – if you can set aside the diseases they can carry and the damage they do.  😉

A Prairie Dog tries to conceal itself in some grass. © Tony’s Takes

A Prairie Dog tries to conceal itself in some grass. © Tony’s Takes

The ‘dog’ days of summer

Kind of a lazy day today for this prairie dog. Here in the West these rodents are, for the most part, considered pests. They are however kind of cute. 😉

A prairie dog relaxes on its mound. © Tony’s Takes

A prairie dog relaxes on its mound. © 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