Raptors--Eagles, Hawks, Falcons, Owls - JudithSparhawk
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Burrowing Owl

Burrowing Owl

I photographed this Burrowing Owl today, near the Salton Sea. Although I'm not an expert, I think it is a male, who was standing sentinel protecting a mate and nest, and possibly babies. I saw individual owls out like this, but no family groups out of the burrows, so it may be too early for the owlets to have hatched and fledged.
I've noticed over the years that during this period the sentinel owls are easier to photograph, as they will stand their ground. I thought this one had a stern look on his fuzzy little face.