Sunday, July 4, 2010

Burrowing owls - another beautiful show on earth.


Sitting in a blind for three hours in the hot sun is not fun unless you have some hot action that you are watching.  And hot action it was - seven baby Burrowing owls was intertaining for me as I watched them do all kinds of stuff.  I shot a total of 1200 photos in the three hours.

Here all seven of the owletts are outside the burrow looking for what trouble they can get into.  The one on the right has caught a beetle and is eating it.


One little guy does not like the heat of the sun and is always trying to get in the shade of a sibling.


Everytime a bird or a plane would fly over they would watch the sky intently.  Here all four that were out of the nest watches a plane fly over.


When the parents who usually sat on a nearby sage, would sound the alarm, all would head down the burrow.

Here one little guy tries out its wings, while another one watches and gives advise from the back seat.  Just like a bunch of teen-agers.



Spending just another day in the wilds of Idaho.  Entertainment at its finest.

17 comments:

Gaelyn said...

They are cute and comical.

Amanda said...

fantastic shot, well worth the wait. congrats, I love the one where they are watching the plane.

Kerri said...

Excellent images! Thank you for sitting in that hot blind to bring these to us!!

Crafty Green Poet said...

they are so characterful, what wonderful photos, specially the one where they're all watching the plane fly over

biobabbler said...

Nice shots. I think burrowing owls could beat ANYone in a stare fight. Intense eyes--even on the babies.

Jann said...

Fabulous! I esp. love the 2nd photo of the shade-seeking owlet! :o) What an amazing 3 hrs you had with nature.

Wilma said...

Great shots of the antics of those little guys and girls! Their downy feathers look almost like fur. Hope you show us a few more. You could almost make a video from those 1200 images. ;-)

cheers,
Wilma

Shirleyanne said...

Such wonderful photos Bill, particularly like the one where they are looking at the plane above, made me smile. Brilliant. So many photos, but I would be the same, so afraid to miss anything.
Take care

Mary said...

Thank you for these amazing photos, Bill, and for the story they tell. I was just reading about burrowing owls in a book about all the US national parks I brought home from the library. What fun to see them here! Also enjoyed browsing other recent posts--especially liked the story of the fight for a home and the "four-eared" moose.

Harold Stiver said...

Fabulous shots. One of my favorite birds.

mountain.mama said...

I LOVE the picture of the baby birds watching the plane fly over, made me laugh.

holdingmoments said...

What an amazing encounter. Those pictures had me smiling as I looked through them.
Looking up at the planes, is an amazing capture Bill.

The Early Birder said...

A priceless encounter Bill. Super series but 'heads up' wins it for me. FAB.

Mary Howell Cromer said...

Oh My Gracious these are so CUTE Bill, what delightful photographs of their sweet faces, love them all~

Janie said...

Wow, you got some amazing photos. I love the one where they are all looking up at the sky.

Karen said...

So interesting and what great shots you have for your efforts. These babies are darling and I also like the one where they are looking at the sky. P.S. Thanks so much for visiting my blog. I've spent some time looking at your photos. This is nature at it's finest!!!

Anonymous said...

What a wonderful blog! I especially love this post about the owls.