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Burrowing Owl Babies

Burrowing Owl Babies
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Copyright: Rick Price (Adanac) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-07-29
Categories: Mammals
Camera: Canon Eos 300D Digital Rebel, Canon 100-400/4.5-5.6L IS
Exposure: f/8, 1/640 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Family Matters 3, Pentaxfriend's favorites 2, Anna's Favourites 1, CeltickRanger's favorite Bird photos -3- [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-12-12 0:58
Viewed: 13206
Favorites: 4 [view]
Points: 74
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Hi All,
Well this is the last in the Owl series I have been posting and I had to go way back for this one. These young Burrowing Owls round out the six species of owls that I have photographed in the S.E. corner of Alberta where I live. I'm not sure if you all get as excited as I do when I can add a species to my portfolio, but also sometimes its nice to go back and look at the list you have acquired so this is my reason for my last six postings. I truly hope you didn't get bored, but by your great response to the first five I am very happy. Thanks to all that have looked in.

Burrowing Owl
Athene cunicularia

General Description

By Nora Bryan

This endangered owl is just "hanging on" on the northern limits of its range in southeastern Alberta. These small owls wing south for winter, as far as Texas or Mexico, and possibly farther.

The Burrowing Owl is a specialist of the open plains. Flat stretches of lightly grazed short grass prairie, undisturbed by human activity and unpolluted by pesticide residue are necessary for this gregarious owl's success. It can be spotted in daylight standing on a mound near its nest entrance or on a fence post as it prepares for an evening hunt.

In the daytime, these long-legged owls run about the nest site snatching up insects such as grasshoppers and dung beetles that abound in the short grass prairie. At night, the adults take to wing, cruising silently for mice and voles.

The burrowing owl doesn't actually dig out it's own burrow but rather nests in abandoned ground squirrel or badger burrows. A bit of refurbishment is done by a pair -- digging dirt and flinging it out of the burrow with their feet. The nest is fashioned from a bit of dried vegetation or some dried cattle manure at the end of the burrow. Six to ten white eggs are laid. The owlets can protect themselves in the burrow by making alarm calls that sound like a riled up rattlesnake. At about six weeks old, the young owls are fledged.
from Weaselhead.org

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Hello Rick,

What a family of owls! Excellent composition. Great portrait of these cute birds with excellent focus. Perfect DOF. Great light and colours.

Hello Rick
They are so cute and adorable and noticeable and big eyed and beautiful and, and, and, and I would love to have one. Such a lovely capture. Not one, but five pairs of hypnotizing eyes looking back at you, and I am sure the mom is also peeping at you from somewhere. You lucky man! Just what I needed to see today. I like it very much.
Thanks for sharing.

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  • zetu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 26 N: 3888] (16941)
  • [2008-12-12 1:04]

Hi Rick
I like very much this photo, perfect focus natural colors and good details. Good job.
Razvan Zinica

Wowww.. Rick! superb shot of these burrowing owl babies. All of them are cute and lovely. i loved this posting.
TFS and regards, Deniz

Hi Rick:)
This is a superb capture of these pretty babies looking such lovely and curious glances. Great in all around indeed. TFS this beautiful image my friend.

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  • cako Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 485 W: 0 N: 772] (3395)
  • [2008-12-12 1:28]

Hi Rick
Exellent composition
very good sharp and detail
very well done.

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2008-12-12 1:39]

Hello Rick,
What a wonderful capture taken from your archives. You caught these five fledgeling Burrowing Owls with superb sharpness, in a great pose. You have some fine hidden photographic treasures and thanks for taking this one out to show us.

Ciao Rick,
questa tua serie di immagini sui rapaci notturni, uccelli bellissimi, affascinanti e un po' misteriosi, di straordinaria bellezza, come questa cattura di una nidiata di graziose piccole civette, spettacolare il momento colto di questi 5 sguardi curiosi che suscitano grande simpatia, ottima definizione, bellissimi colori e BG dell'erba.

wow rick, what a nice shot. what a pitty that the owl behing are not so sharp, but the composition and pov is excellent!

Hi Rick,

What a stunner, great capture of these Burrowing Owls something I've never heard of before, those eyes are amazing, superb detail, perfect composition, really nice work mate,

Cheers Rick :)

Hello, Rick,
Nice to see your owls again! Thank you for kind comment.
Superb! You are great photohunter!
Have a happy weekend!

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2008-12-12 4:45]

Hello Rick,
Terrific close capture of this little group of young Owls looking really adorable! They seem to be popping up out of the green as they notice you! Wonderful light and colours and very fine sharp details. Very well done!
Many thanks and kind regards, Ulla

really nice family, TFS Ori

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2008-12-12 7:29]

Hi Rick.
It is the most sweet family picture. I cannot imagine more touching scene. Every creatures is amazing. Their glances are amazing and quality of the image is outstanding. My congratulations for this masterpiece.

I'll have to make a new catagory for fav's as mine is full ...but this is the best of the bunch....well...different anyway. I liked yesterdays well too...This one has some special qualities to it eh? Neat shot and well worth the time!

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  • Rosa Gold Star Critiquer [C: 56 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2008-12-12 8:25]

Hello Rick,
stunning, precise capture.
Great look.
The colour and detail are exclusive.
Have a wonderful day

Hi Rick,
Very beautiful capture of these cute young Burrowing Owls; great POV and composition, sharp details, good eye contacts.

Hello Rick, superb image in all aspects. Lovely babies:). i love this shot so much.
TFS and regards,

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2008-12-12 9:51]

Hi Rick,

You deserve an award for this amazing shot of this Burrowing Owl family. Your magic worked again - how did you get all five to look right into the camera? Those ten yellow eyes are fantastic. Excellent details of the faces and plummage. The one in the front even seems to be smiling at you! Lovely setting and composition. A magnificent family portrait.


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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2008-12-12 10:29]

This is a spectacular photo in top quality, Rick.
What a beauties! Nothing to critize. Just perfect!
Add it into my favorites.

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2008-12-12 10:32]

Hola amigo,
exquisita captura,
hermosos ojos, hahaha,
buen foco y detalles...
brillante trabajo,
saludos Rick

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2008-12-12 10:36]

Hello Rick,

Great shot of Owl Babies. A really well composed image, perfectly executed. A very informative note too.

Best regards Siggi

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  • sayat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 280 W: 0 N: 258] (1457)
  • [2008-12-12 11:06]

Hello Rick!

This is one of the best owl shots I've ever seen! Amazing capture of those five lovely pairs of eyes with perfect light and sharpness. Luck together with mastery offers amazing opportunities to see Mother Nature's eyes. Great shot. Bravo!

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  • wuta Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 855 W: 2 N: 617] (2142)
  • [2008-12-12 13:21]

Hello Rick ,Exelent shot cute compositie ,very nice ol this eyes , I like it , Good weekend Teunie .

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  • eng55 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1256 W: 42 N: 1976] (5892)
  • [2008-12-12 13:23]

Hi Rick,
What a great family:)POV,details,eye contact and composition are wonderful.Excellent work!
Thanks for posting.

Hi Rick. Nice family owls. Exellent capture and beatiful. Thanks

Hello Rick,
What an amazing shot! The eyes are so attractive. Very beautiful composition, sharpness and colours. TFS,

HI Rick,
thanks so much for showing us this lovely shot.
What a moment - I like it so much, bye and greetings
Sabine - wishnugaruda

hello Rick

i am laughing and laughing and laughing
and laughing it is excellent for the health
so thanks Rick for this moment

wath a superb and funny shot, each one has special
glance to you, Rick i am still laughing,
i love the amazed glance of the upper one
on the left side of the image, hahahahaha THANK YOU Rick


This is one of the best shots I've ever seen...I envy you, that you saw this, leave alone the beautiful capture, which you've perfectly done!
Cheers, dear friend!

Hello Wise Old Owl Photographer

Most of us have never managed one of these,so you have one owl for each point of your star!
This is fantastic,wonderful eye contact.
Excellent detail and composition.
masterfully done.


Is it Owl week ?

Hello Rick,
WOW! this is really a great capture, superb sharpness and depth of field, nice details, beautiful colors and good clarity, great poses and those eyes are fantatsic. great job.

i think you already post this:
but the second version is much better: colors are better, framing is better, details are better

that fact that you receive more comments on a much worse picture tell us that this site is going down. i think they are less people active now then 2 years ago.

Hello Rick.

Excellent image, nice composition and colors.

Jose Luis.

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2008-12-14 13:53]

Wow! Lots of yellow-eyed Owls in one photo... a perfect way to finish your series :-))
Very good photo. In my opinion this is one of your best ever photos!
Excellent eye-contact from each Owl.
Very sharp.

Exceptionally well done!


Hi Rick,

Excellent capture
10 Amazing eyes looking at you for this SUPERB picture

TFS Thijs

Hi Rick,

Lovely photo. Looks like the family is posing for a photo :).


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  • rommel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 446 W: 0 N: 287] (3628)
  • [2010-05-20 21:47]

Hi Rick,
A stunning impact photo with immediate focus on the beautiful five owls.Five pairs of large and maybe inquisitive eye contacts.Great sharpness and your exposure settings perfect bringing out the facial features and designs on the birds.Thanx for the interesting note.

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