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The Incredibly Photogenic Burrowing Owls Of South Florida
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Jun 28, 2022 09:44:54   #
Hereford Loc: Palm Coast, FL
 
These small owls stand about 9" tall and nest in underground burrows they excavate themselves in sandy soil grassland areas. They are a sub-species of the lighter colored Burrowing Owls of the Midwest and West where they typically inhabit unused Prairie Dog burrows.

They have such large beautiful eyes. These photos were mostly taken at 600mm, but close enough that we could fill the frame without their scurrying into their burrow. Please try the downloads to appreciate them.

1. Three owls -- Mom on ground and two teenagers on perches.
1.  Three owls -- Mom on ground and two teenagers ...
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2. This is ever watchful Mom.
2.  This is  ever watchful Mom....
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3. I see you.
3.   I see you....
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4. How you like my profile ?
4.   How you like my profile ?...
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5. From the back.
5.  From the back....
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6. Mom with sleepy teenager.
6.   Mom with sleepy teenager....
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7. Mom with teenager.
7.   Mom with teenager....
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Jun 28, 2022 09:49:56   #
TrishV Loc: Now living on Whidbey Island, WA
 
Hereford wrote:
These small owls stand about 9" tall and nest in underground burrows they excavate themselves in sandy soil grassland areas. They are a sub-species of the lighter colored Burrowing Owls of the Midwest and West where they typically inhabit unused Prairie Dog burrows.

They have such large beautiful eyes. These photos were mostly taken at 600mm, but close enough that we could fill the frame without their scurrying into their burrow. Please try the downloads to appreciate them.


Great set. They are, as you say, most photogenic - it is too bad that they are disappearing from so many areas. Thanks for sharing.

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Jun 28, 2022 10:00:57   #
lnl Loc: SWFL
 
Nice set of photos. They are so cute and you did well both in photographing them and captioning them. We have them around us as well and they are fun to see. Just sometimes hard to find them out of their burrows.

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Jun 28, 2022 10:15:03   #
kpmac Loc: Ragley, La
 
Excellent.

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Jun 28, 2022 10:22:12   #
mikegreenwald Loc: Illinois
 
They were common in the Florida Keys until Hurricane Irma; since then I haven’t seen any.
One pair that I was aware of let us approach within five or six feet for photos. They had several broods of chicks over the years I knew them.

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Jun 28, 2022 10:26:58   #
UTMike Loc: South Jordan, UT
 
Wonderful set! Thanks for sharing.

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Jun 28, 2022 10:38:20   #
JeffDavidson Loc: Originally Detroit Now Los Angeles
 
Very nice!

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Jun 28, 2022 10:53:09   #
RPSteiner
 
Beautiful series of photos. They are such interesting creatures. Several years ago my wife and I vacationed at Sanibel and one afternoon found a burrowing owl perched as nice as you please on one of the posts of the railing on the porch of where we were staying. That was the first one I ever saw and it was a delightful "Welcome home."

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Jun 28, 2022 10:59:58   #
jdtonkinson Loc: Red Wing, MN
 
Wonderful set. So cute

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Jun 28, 2022 15:02:37   #
imagemeister Loc: mid east Florida
 
Very Nice work ! They are still on my bucket list ........thanks for sharing

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Jun 28, 2022 15:16:09   #
joecichjr Loc: Chicago S. Suburbs, Illinois, USA
 
Hereford wrote:
These small owls stand about 9" tall and nest in underground burrows they excavate themselves in sandy soil grassland areas. They are a sub-species of the lighter colored Burrowing Owls of the Midwest and West where they typically inhabit unused Prairie Dog burrows.

They have such large beautiful eyes. These photos were mostly taken at 600mm, but close enough that we could fill the frame without their scurrying into their burrow. Please try the downloads to appreciate them.


Magnificent shots and spectacular owl eyes
🦉🦉🦉🦉🦉

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Jun 28, 2022 16:25:27   #
weberwest Loc: Ferndale WA
 
Impressive images Hereford!

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Jun 29, 2022 06:48:10   #
Manglesphoto Loc: 70 miles south of St.Louis
 
Hereford wrote:
These small owls stand about 9" tall and nest in underground burrows they excavate themselves in sandy soil grassland areas. They are a sub-species of the lighter colored Burrowing Owls of the Midwest and West where they typically inhabit unused Prairie Dog burrows.

They have such large beautiful eyes. These photos were mostly taken at 600mm, but close enough that we could fill the frame without their scurrying into their burrow. Please try the downloads to appreciate them.


Great set !!!!

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Jun 29, 2022 07:41:48   #
ecobin Loc: Paoli, PA
 
Excellent photos, Hereford!

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Jun 29, 2022 07:52:47   #
J-SPEIGHT Loc: Akron, Ohio
 
Hereford wrote:
These small owls stand about 9" tall and nest in underground burrows they excavate themselves in sandy soil grassland areas. They are a sub-species of the lighter colored Burrowing Owls of the Midwest and West where they typically inhabit unused Prairie Dog burrows.

They have such large beautiful eyes. These photos were mostly taken at 600mm, but close enough that we could fill the frame without their scurrying into their burrow. Please try the downloads to appreciate them.

Nice shots

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