I recently took a drive down to Fort Lauderdale. I had heard that there were Burrowing Owl chicks in a local park. Burrowing Owls have to be the cutest little birds I have ever seen, my baby Redwing Blackbirds aside. They stand no higher than a standard ruler.
Typically Burrowing owls can be found in grasslands, deserts and agricultural areas. I found mine in an old garbage dump that has been turned into a park.
Burrowing Owls create their homes by digging in the ground. The Burrowing Owl is a protected species in Florida. Wherever there is a roost they are typically cordoned off to stop anyone walking on them or getting too close to them.
They are curious little birds, who do not seem easily intimidated if they see you, however, if you get to close they will scurry to their burrow. The Owl is constantly watching you, watching the air and watching how far they from their hole. I visited 6 different burrows, traipsing across uneven ground to get to the various holes. Then for the most part I sat myself down on the ground and did not move. Fortunately I have a 70-300mm zoom lens and with some post cropping you get to see a closer up image.
I did post a couple of images from 2017 – the bird regurgitating it’s food, and the bird stretching it’s wing out.
I know there are a lot of photo’s but these little guys are so cute that I feel like it is worth posting them all. I may well do another trip down there before the end of the month.
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Wow, these owl images are amazing Sharleen! Such a fascinating and beautiful subject. You are an incredible wildlife photographer!
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Thanks so much Kym These owls are the sweetest.