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I had the recent opportunity to observe a few Burrowing Owls. This set shows some of the many postures taken by two fierce little defenders of little ones hunkered down in separate burrows. I backed off when my intrusion started to cause obvious anxiety.

Others have posted images of this species, but in person I was amazed at how such small creatures at ground level appear vulnerable to larger predators. Maybe their fierce posturing and surprisingly loud vocalization are helpful defense mechanisms.




An approaching intruder gets a wary gaze.

  Canon EOS-1D Mark IV    EF300mm f/2.8L IS II USM +1.4x lens    420mm    f/8.0    1/1000s    320 ISO    0.0 EV  






Close-up.

  Canon EOS-1D Mark IV    EF300mm f/2.8L IS II USM +1.4x lens    420mm    f/8.0    1/1600s    320 ISO    0.0 EV  






Alert reaction to a crow flying a little low.

  Canon EOS 5D Mark III    EF300mm f/2.8L IS II USM +1.4x III lens    420mm    f/8.0    1/800s    320 ISO    0.0 EV  






The intruder with the big camera and lens gets too close.

  Canon EOS-1D Mark IV    EF300mm f/2.8L IS II USM lens    300mm    f/8.0    1/800s    320 ISO    0.0 EV  




May 15, 2013 at 10:06 PM
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Beautiful set ! Love the third shot


Birdie



May 15, 2013 at 10:10 PM
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p.1 #3 · p.1 #3 · Owls on Guard


A very nice set Brian. Great detail in the last shot ~ Ron


May 16, 2013 at 12:20 AM
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p.1 #4 · p.1 #4 · Owls on Guard


Great work Brian. The first and last are my picks

Morris



May 16, 2013 at 12:21 AM
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p.1 #5 · p.1 #5 · Owls on Guard


Super detail in these Brian. Well done!!


May 16, 2013 at 01:02 AM
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p.1 #6 · p.1 #6 · Owls on Guard


very expressive eyes...beautiful set


May 16, 2013 at 01:29 AM
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p.1 #7 · p.1 #7 · Owls on Guard


Well done on these. I am hoping to get some looks at some chicks this week . Bruce


May 16, 2013 at 02:12 AM
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p.1 #8 · p.1 #8 · Owls on Guard


Ha! Love the character these guys have

#1 is sweet, love the intimidating eyes and eyebrows down a bit here. This shot looks a wee bit magenta on my monitor?
#2 that rocks!
#3 love it when they do this Cute!
#4 Imagine what is going through the owls mind here!


Karl



May 16, 2013 at 02:24 AM
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p.1 #9 · p.1 #9 · Owls on Guard


Yes indeed, these guys are a lot smaller than most think they are until they see them. They are so full of character and photogenic. You did a real bang up job on them Brian. Beautiful sharp and well exposed images. 3 is the infamous "checking for ufo" pose, that just cracks me up! The last is a real eye grabber Great stuff!

Tim



May 16, 2013 at 02:30 AM
 

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p.1 #10 · p.1 #10 · Owls on Guard


excellent close-ups Brian


May 16, 2013 at 09:20 AM
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p.1 #11 · p.1 #11 · Owls on Guard


special
all of them
100% special



May 16, 2013 at 09:22 AM
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p.1 #12 · p.1 #12 · Owls on Guard


Clean, colorful and sharp images, Brian. They are all technically excellent with some real fine bg
Socrate



May 16, 2013 at 02:05 PM
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p.1 #13 · p.1 #13 · Owls on Guard


Well done - all excellent

& lucky you to get that close to the bird

Lil



May 16, 2013 at 05:49 PM
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p.1 #14 · p.1 #14 · Owls on Guard


Very nice work, Brian.
Chris



May 16, 2013 at 07:49 PM
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p.1 #15 · p.1 #15 · Owls on Guard


Excellent series, Brian. Great exposure, detail and background.

- Tam



May 16, 2013 at 08:33 PM
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They are beautiful! BeeBalm


May 16, 2013 at 08:54 PM
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Terrific set Brian, good job!
David



May 17, 2013 at 07:48 PM
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p.1 #18 · p.1 #18 · Owls on Guard


Nice! 3 rocks


May 18, 2013 at 01:11 PM





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