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
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