Tell me a Story: May 2017
For this month, I am going to share a visit I made recently. I did a similar visit 2 years ago with friends and I have always wanted to go back, but it is a drive to an area I do not know well and it is at least an hour south from where I live. However, I decided to do my homework, plan my trip and execute it on Friday. Camera was packed up and off I headed south to visit these tiny tiny little birds who live in the ground.
Burrowing Owls are typically found in areas with low vegetation and dry weather. These owls are no bigger than a ruler and have to be the cutest little critters I have seen. They burrow holes in the ground to make their home and can be seen during the course of the day. I probably got there at about 10:30 AM and started the process of walking to the various holes that were cordoned off. Burrowing Owls are a protected species in Florida and you will be fined if you encroach into the cordoned off area.
So here are some of the photo’s that I took on this particular day.
My first stop was at the lower level of the park, where this little one was out of the hole and watching me closely.
Since there was not too much activity, I walked to a few more holes, before heading back to the entrance to go up the hill. I spotted this little one hanging out in the shade of a fire hydrant. It’s eye’s got quite big as I approached.
The day was hot and I envied the shade this little owl had found.
To give you an idea of how small they are, this little one is standing by a standard size fire hydrant.
I got up to move and I spooked it, so it ran around to the other side of the fire hydrant and watched me around it.
I headed up to a new hole, where I found 2 owls. Slowly they started popping out until 6 were out of the holes.
These owls are so tiny. This was the spike of a wooden pillar used to cordon off the area so that we did not get right up to the owls nest.
Interesting fact is that when the owl feels that it’s nest is threatened they will typically lie over the nest with it’s wings spread out. The wings were not spread out here, nor was it over a nest.
This little one popped out of it’s hole and proceeded to stretch it’s wings.
I just love this beautiful face and its big eyes, along with it’s very cute eyebrows.
A little gross, but it appears that this owl was regurgitating it’s unwanted food.
They owls did not seem to be intimidated by me and carried on as usual unless I moved.
What a cute little body these Burrowing Owls have.
Clearly this one was either shy or decided that looking at the camera was not what it wanted to do.
But then I shifted on the grass and it’s head popped up.
I love the close ups of their beautiful features.
I did a quick stop back to the original one to see if it was still on it’s perch and it was.
At another hole I spotted this little one who was cleaning house. I watched it for a while scooping sand out of the entrance.
While I was watching, these two heads popped out to see what was going on.
Having seen all the owls I thought I could see at the park, I headed out to a second park, where I found this little one sitting at the entrance of it’s hole. It’s head was a constant motion of looking to the left, right, above it and at what I was doing.
They are so small that I am sure that they are prey for any larger birds.
I had a great trip – it was worth the drive, and on my way home, I stopped at the South African shop and bought a few home goodies to munch on. Overall it was a good day.
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