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.
‘Good grub!’ Or something else tasty. Not sure what exactly this burrowing owl had in its mouth but it kept chewing while watching me.
A burrowing owl does its morning stretches today out north of Denver International Airport.
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.
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. 😉