Burrowing Owls

Recently taken photos of Burrowing Owl family with young recently out of nest in S. California. One of the juveniles is starting to fly short distances and the female is feeding the young still; but I have not seen the male adult after several visits.

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During this pandemic we have not traveled either domestically or internationally but have had to make do with local birds in my backyard or nearby. I hope all my followers are staying safe in these difficult times and that we can get back to normal before too long. I do have some backyard photos of Hooded Orioles, Warblers, Western Bluebirds, and some Woodpeckers which I will post on this Blog soon.

Owl with mouse breakfast
Juvenile pestering mom until she flew from perch
Burrowing owl landing

young Burrowing Owls
“What are you looking at?”
“Let’s play Dentist”
“Face to Face”
Owl chicks grooming
young owl on one of first flights
“Wing Dance”
Burrowing Owl, female with young
“See my new wing feathers”

Bald Eagle nest, Reddish Egrets, Roseate Spoonbills, Burrowing Owls, SW Florida

Bald Eagle, Cape Coral,Fl

Bald Eagle, Cape Coral,Fl

Bald Eagle nest

Bald Eagle nest

Bald Eagle

Bald Eagle

Reddish Egret, Ding Darling,Fl

Reddish Egret, Ding Darling,Fl

Reddish Egret, Ding Darling,Fl

Reddish Egret, Ding Darling,Fl

Reddish Egret, Ding Darling,Fl

Reddish Egret, Ding Darling,Fl

Reddish Egret, Ding Darling,Fl

Reddish Egret, Ding Darling,Fl

Burrowing Owl, Fl

Burrowing Owl, Fl

Burrowing Owl w Frog

Burrowing Owl w Frog

Burrowing owls with frog

Burrowing owls with frog

Burrowing owl, Florida

Burrowing owl, Florida

Burrowing Owl pair

Burrowing Owl pair

Roseate Spoonbill Ding Darling Preserve, Fl

Roseate Spoonbill
Ding Darling Preserve, Fl

Roseate Spoonbill Ding Darling Preserve, Fl

Roseate Spoonbill
Ding Darling Preserve, Fl

Roseate Spoonbill Ding Darling Preserve, Fl

Roseate Spoonbill
Ding Darling Preserve, Fl

 

We just returned from a trip to SW Florida including Ding Darling Preserve on Sanibel Island, Corkscrew Swamp (Audubon) near Naples, Fl, and Cape Coral, Fl where the Burrowing Owls and the Bald Eagle nest was located. Winter from Nov until March is the best time to go before some of the birds leave and the weather gets hotter and more humid. Sanibel Island (Ding Darling) is best early in the morning at sunrise and low tide. Forget the middle of the day as the light is too harsh and the birds are not very active. You need at least a 300 mm lens or 400-600 for more distant birds. Some birds are not very afraid of people so they come within 10 feet at times if you stay still but I used 420 mm most of the time. ( I used my new 300 f2.8 IS II with a 1.4 extender most of the time giving me 420mm with my Canon 7d mark II.) On the Bald Eagle nest I used the 300 with a 2x extender as I was over 150 feet away (as close as allowed with signs protecting the nest).

I will post more photos including Little Blue Heron, White Ibis, Painted Bunting, an alligator, and  a Red-Bellied Woodpecker soon in the next blog.

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Burrowing Owl Juveniles

Burrowing Owl female with juvenile

Burrowing Owl female with juvenile

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Burrowing Owls are becoming increasingly rare in San Diego Co due to loss of habitat and predators. This is the first time I was able to get the juveniles as they start to leave their underground burrows, often empty ground squirrel burrows. They primarily eat insects, mice, lizards, and  small rodents.