A fun encounter with this handsome fellow last weekend.
He was out in a field, a bit too far for me to get a decent show when much to my surprise, he flew up and landed right in front of me. The post-sunrise light was gorgeous and lit him up nicely although, judging by the look on his face, he might not have really wanted his picture taken right then.
During the summer burrowing #owls can be found across much of the western United States. At more southern latitudes closer to Mexico and in Florida they stay in place year round. Unlike most owls, Burrowing Owls are diurnal (versus nocturnal) so it is quite common to find them out and about during the day.