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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: Birds
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, Workshop
Theme(s): Baby Animals 1, 5 favs. and up - PART 2, !Bunches [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-01-30 7:28
Viewed: 6854
Favorites: 8 [view]
Points: 92
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Burrowing Owl
Northern Burrowing Owl
Athene cunicularia hypugaea

Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia

Phylum: Chordata

Class: Aves

Order: Strigiformes

Family: Strigidae

Genus: Athene

Species: A. cunicularia

The Burrowing Owl (Athene cunicularia) is a small, long-legged owl found throughout open landscapes of North and South America. Burrowing owls can be found in grasslands, rangelands, agricultural areas, deserts, or any other dry, open area with low vegetation (Lewis 2005). Unlike most owls, burrowing owls are often active during the day. However, most hunting is done at dusk or at night.

Burrowing owls are able to live for at least 9 years in the wild and over 10 years in captivity. They are often killed by vehicles when crossing roads, and have many natural enemies, including badgers, coyotes, and snakes. They are also killed by feral and domestic cats and dogs.

The highly variable diet includes small mammals, small birds, snakes, lizards, frogs, insects, and scorpions. But the owls mainly eat large insects and small rodents. Although burrowing owls often live in close proximity to ground squirrels, they rarely prey upon them. Unlike other owls, they also eat fruits and seeds, especially the fruit of tasajillo (Opuntia leptocaulis) and other prickly pear cacti. When hunting they wait on a perch until they spot prey. Then they swoop down on prey or fly up to catch insects in flight. Sometimes they chase prey on foot across the ground.

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what a capture!
The moment is incredible. The eyes are haunting. Excellant capture. Very good details.My goodness....how can they see at one point. Complementry note.


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  • taba Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 466 W: 124 N: 312] (1847)
  • [2007-01-30 7:46]

Hi Rick
Very special moment with a great capture.
the crop was good so the composition is also good.
Good DOF, POV, sharpness and colours...and the eyes...they're increadible looking directly to ours...
well done.

This is really COOL family shot!! I like it very much. I have little workshop to you :)

Bonjour Rick
Belle prise de vue C'est une très jolie Composition. Les contrsates et les détails sont clairs. Belle présentation . Ici c'est déja dur de voir un Hibou et toi tu les photographies 5 a la fois.
Bravo et au revoir ....JP

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  • shal Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 256 W: 64 N: 481] (2140)
  • [2007-01-30 8:18]

Hi Rick,
wow this is lovely,
great shot of all these little guys huddled up together :)
Cheers :D

C'est plutôt rare d'en voir autant à la fois.
Bonne journée.

Wow ! I love it ! All those owls sitting there together and watching you watch them, how wonderful ! You could not have asked for a better grouping... are you sure you didn't pick them up and put them in place and tell them to "STAY!"?

Excellent POV and composition. Your cropping was very effective; clarity, detail and DOF are all fine.

Thanks for sharing.

hi rick!
what a lovely picture!
great situation in
nice lighning and with
fine pov!
very well done!

Hello Rick,

Excllent colors Bg POV DOF of this lovly family, excllent composed and capture photo . Nice work

TFS Kyle

Superb capture what I really loved was that all of them have a different expression, you could almost name by their expressions. They look so human in their differences. That is what I think is the true wonder of this picture. For eg. the small one second from front looks so innocent, the third from front looks a bit tough, the taller one right behind it looks quite confused and the one right at the back has a sort of maternal caring expression. well that is what i see in it I wonder what others will find.
Best regards


Hi Rick ,
very nice image.
it is very interesting.
well composition and great light.
thanks and regards

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2007-01-30 9:22]

Hello Rick,
Wow, this little bunch look really cuddly! Excellent composition, good details and nice natural colours. Well done!
TFS, Ulla

Hi Rick,

An excellent composition with good colors and details,maybe if you would have closed a bit more the whole family would be in focus,anyway a very nice shot,


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  • xramm (37)
  • [2007-01-30 9:32]

Hi Rick,
They all look funny , very funny. Good job.

Hello Rick,
Lovely! Just lovely...
They are so funny with the staring eyes...
Excellent capture, well done!
Pabllo -

Hi Rick
Wow, I love the way you've cropped this shot. It really shows off these little cuties. A wonderful composition, excellent lighting, colours and detail. I just love to see the Burrowing Owl in his natural surroundings as they are not very common anymore.
TFS Janice

magnifique photo et originale, bonnes couleurs
c' est super d' avoir pu prendre ce petit groupe qui aura bien du succès.
et merci

A very funny one, Rick!
The eyes are the mirror of the soul...:-)

very nice, try to sharpen more, TFS Ori

Bellissime queste 5 civette delle tane,
peccato sia un po' sfocata.

Wow a family sibling portrait! Try reducing the midtones a bit and increase the highlights/ shadows to get more detail and make it "pop" a bit more, but looking at the WS'es I see someone beat me to it. Good job Rick!

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  • TAZ Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2241 W: 47 N: 3167] (10926)
  • [2007-01-30 12:50]

Hello Rick,
What an amazing photo for this nice family. They are funny.
The "+++" : subjects, pose, point of view, sharpness, colors, light & exposure, useful note...
The "-" : nothing...
Congratulations and TFS.

Hi Rick
Wonderful picture!
Technically very well and the object so nice. They seem to ask "what are you doing here?"
Thanks for sharing, this picture makes me smile :)

bravo Rick splendide et unique

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2007-01-30 13:32]

Hi Rick,
Fantastic capture!
Great well composed and wwell cropped photo that is pretty sharp.
Did you come across these by chance or did someone put you on to them?
Well done and TFS,

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  • wuta Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 855 W: 2 N: 617] (2142)
  • [2007-01-30 13:44]

Hello Rick , A Great shot from this famely ,and ol those eyes a mouvelous shot tfs ,Greetings Teunie .

bonjour rick
même si les details ne sont pas super pointu,la capture de ces cinq oiseaux est magnifique.
merci de partager ce cliché.

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  • cedryk Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 50 N: 1722] (5270)
  • [2007-01-30 15:03]

Hello Rick,
The focus is maybe a bit soft here but the capture is just impressive. Incredible meeting with 6 pairs of eyes hungry to see the world.
Great job.
Best greetings and TFS!

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2007-01-30 16:10]

Hi Rick

This is a splendid capture! WOW! 5 in 1...what a gorgeous family portrait!
I know how difficult it was to capture one...i can't even imagine how it would be to go for 5...LOL
The POV is really great here and the fact that you caught them all looking your way is outstanding! Now this is indeed some serious eye-contact :))
The details and very nice and clear, the colors are terrific and the exposure spot-on, too.
Congratulations for this terrific job!

Bravo and TFS

Belle photo, de cette famille, bons détails, belle couleurs et bonne netteté. amitiés Thomas

never heard of a burrowing owl!! but oh my gosh what a find!! Awesome shot! beautiful too, great sharp colors and focus..love it TFS
Donna :o)

thanks for your comments on my photo "ice storm" :o)

Rick, I remember this choir!!!

What a fantastic shot! And a super presentation. No ifs ands or buts. Great presentation in this focussed nestlike setting! Warms the cockles! The expressions in the eyes of the two leftmost owls is too funny. Thanx, eh! Jay

PS The points scored on this shot when compared to the first one says a lot about how you have moved along fabulously! Again, well done! < No WS here ;) !!! >.

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  • Luis52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 8 N: 4240] (15809)
  • [2007-01-30 18:39]

Hola Rick.- Hermosa postal la que hoy nos presentas aqui. Gran nitidez, luz, contraste. Me agrada la mirada de estos pequeños "Buhos". Felicidades Luis52.

Hi Rick,such a charming quintet of little owls.This is what it is all about,getting the kind of shots that make people see just how wonderful nature well and truly is.The field of depth is very narrow so all are not quite in focus however that takes nothing much away from this gem of a picture in my opinion,well done! Bob

Fantastic capture! They are so lovely! All looking at you! Great eye contact and nice details. Very well done!

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2007-01-30 22:11]

Hello Rick

That is quite the gang staring at you.Excellent capture,well composed with wonderful detail.Something you don't see everyday.TFS


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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2007-01-31 4:06]

This is just too too cute, Rick.
What a group! All those pretty yellow eyes!
That must have been an experience to see all of these owls together.
Great composition.
TFS. : )

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2007-01-31 5:32]

Hello Rick,
Funny scane.Well caught framed and composed.Everybody is looking into your camera.Eyes are amazing.Excellent work!

LOL, lol, lol Rick!
What an amazing capture! I feel a little observed and I don't know why :))) I like those 10 beautiful eyes looking curiously at the camera :) They all seem to have a different expression. What a nice picture, this is incredible, congratulations! LOL

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  • Dave Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 503 W: 43 N: 657] (2178)
  • [2007-01-31 19:02]
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Hi Rick,
So excellent! I stopped by when time was scarce yesterday and marked this one as a favorite. My wife did a needle-stitch several years ago as my young family was growing. It was of a family of owls like this and the caption said, "We always have room for more"...;-) My mother-in-law has said, Two is enough for anyone!", but she has not told me which three of my five to toss back...;-)
I'll be surprised if I don't run across this one on a card someday. Excellent composition. Beautiful subject! And, Great work!

Well, My goodness! Five at once. That is just too special. It may be a little soft but those eyes all seem sharp enough...and they are all looking at ME! Ralf's workshop seems to have sharpened them up a bit. This illustrates great luck or skill or both. Thanks for sharing.

Evelynn : )

Hi Rick

Awesome group shot. Love how they have posed for you and made perfect eye contact. :-)

Wow, amazing shot! I realy love owls and i never saw so many in a single place.

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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2007-02-19 3:55]

This is the sort of shot one dreams of taking.I like the way the vegetation intrudes - it says this is real life.

Hello Rick!
I just found this nice and funny photo in your archive :)
This is really "family" picture :) Nice pomposition, good details - especially well seen in your worshop which for me is better than original version :)
It has also a very good saturation and sharpness, and the note is interesting and informative :)
TFS and best regards,

Nice shot! Good composition.

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