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    Default Family of Burrowing Owls

    I love these little guys! A few weeks ago, I found a family of them living in a prairie dog town, which is their normal habitat. They take over a hole and nest underground, the only raptor to do so. They are such a treat to watch, with head-bobbing, turning their heads upside-down, pouncing on grasshoppers, and interacting with one another.
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    I love those Ken. We had them in the fields with the Prairie Dogs in Aurora, CO, when I lived there in the 80s. They were indeed fun to watch, especially the head bobbers. As suburban development encroached on the open spaces, they were slowly forced out of their local habitat. We moved away in 1989, and I remember later reading about a great controversy that took place , pitting landowners and developers wanting to exterminate the Prairie Dogs because they were a nuisance, against the wildlife and conservation groups wanting to protect them. Unfortunately I'm sure many Owls were also sacrificed along with the little doggies.

    The second from last looks like one is whispering in the others ear... cool shot!

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    excellent Ken, I am envious of you getting to see and shoot so many owls, hardly get a glimpse of any here, except short eared, but thats only in winter, and even they dont show themselves that often
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    Thanks, David. Yes, dog towns are in steep decline, and with them lots of other creatures.
    "Whispering owl:" I agree; they certainly looked like they were sharing a secret.

    Jim, Thank you. I have been fortunate with owls. They are becoming my favorite birds (with just a slight edge remaining for the golden eagle; but then, I don't get those all that often.)
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    What a delightful gallery. I used to see burrowing owls in the Arizona desert, didn't appreciate how cute they were back then. Thanks for the "intimate" look at their daily lives.
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    Lovely Work.............~As All Ways~

    ~Cheers~

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    Default Re: Family of Burrowing Owls

    Quote Originally Posted by Ddaside88 View Post
    What a delightful gallery. I used to see burrowing owls in the Arizona desert, didn't appreciate how cute they were back then. Thanks for the "intimate" look at their daily lives.
    Thanks, Diana!

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    Lovely Work.............~As All Ways~ ~Cheers~
    Good to hear from you! I assume you are still taking great pics; miss seeing them!

    ~Ken

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    Hi Ken,

    Yep, still in photo mode but not as much as I use to.......

    Smart phones are nice to have about and get something interesting now and again.......

    ~Cheers~

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    Those phone cameras keep getting better and better. Nice snake! What sort?
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    Default Re: Family of Burrowing Owls

    Quote Originally Posted by kmont View Post
    Those phone cameras keep getting better and better. Nice snake! What sort?
    ~Ken
    This is a Bull Snake. I still love to run with Great Danes and found this guy crossing our path.

    Luckily, its several strikes never hit me but did land on the phones case. As for the Dane......he went off looking for Peasants during this shoot.

    ~Cheers~

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