Keeping a family of at least seven little owlets fed and happy is a lot of work and does not allow for much downtime. Just like human parents, they have to make the most of those breaks when they can, even if it is just a brief moment stretching its wings out on a stake.
Such was the case this past July 4th when I spent some time photographing this guy and his family. This was a bit of a down year for burrowing owls for me. I did not find many nests and those that I did were farther than what is really required to capture decent pics. On this day, dad took mercy on me and perched closer than normal, allowing me a few nice shots.