Long-eared Owl Family

November 5, 2015 at 7:16 am (Bird photography, Birds - California, California, Nature, Nature photography, Photography, Wildlife) (, )

Long-eared owls

Long-eared owls

I was in Ridgecrest, California yesterday and returned to the cemetery where our birding group had seen a family of long-eared owls.  I walked for a half hour peering in every tree (they’re extremely well camouflaged as you can see) when I found them almost right next to the car!

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This pair was very alert, but the other two owls resented being awoken from their naps.

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Anyway, here are their portraits.

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Burrowing Owls

November 26, 2012 at 7:55 am (Birds- Florida, Nature, Photography, Wildlife) (, , , )

Burrowing Owl at entrance to nest cavity, Cape Coral, Florida

While going through photographs that needed editing, I discovered some great images of burrowing owls I had done several years ago in Florida.  These birds are unique among North American owls in that they actually live underground.  They are also active during the day as well as at night, hunting small mammals and insects, but will catch lizards and other little critters if the opportunity presents itself.  These long-legged owls are only 8 to 10 inches tall, but are often visible perched near their burrows, or on fences nearby. Read the rest of this entry »

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