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I believe that I can safely say that of all the subjects that I photograph nothing is cuter than baby Burrowing Owls. They bear an uncanny resemblance to small children’s plush toys and their behaviors are totally endearing.
I returned this spring to the same burrow that I’d observed a year ago, wondering if the adults still occupied it and if they’d produced any offspring. I wasn’t disappointed. This year’s crop included five youngsters.
When they are very young, the baby Burrowing Owls stay in the safety of their burrow. As they mature, they become increasingly active and often can be seen perching at burrow’s edge.
The youngsters are quite curious. They watched me closely as I parked across the street from their burrow and photographed them through my car’s open driver’s side window. However, these young birds don’t have particularly long attention spans. After a few minutes of watching me watch them, they grew bored and ignored me. In this next photo the kids are looking hopefully for one of the parent birds, expecting a food delivery.
They were soon joined by the adult female who no doubt disappointed the youngsters by not bringing food on this visit. Boredom ensued.
I have quite a few more images of this family that I’ll post soon.
Images made with a Canon 5Div, 400mm f4 DO II lens+1.4x telextender, M setting (auto ISO), ISO 1000, f6.3 @ 1/2000.