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This is a popular location for burrowing owls but for whatever reasons, I was there alone this afternoon. After taking images of them while the sun was out I watched in dismay that they stayed around the burrow which is located lower than the horizon. I waited and waited but there was no movement. I packed my stuff, loaded everything in the car, hopped in the car. My car was parked at a distance, I started to drive away and made the turn. The headlight of the car was on and when I made the turn, the headlight somehow made 2 of them fly away and guess what? They landed on the perch some 20-25 feet away from the burrow! I immediately stopped the car, took everything out again and I started shooting.

One of the juveniles flew away, circled around and I was praying that it would land back on the perch and it did! That's the first image. The perch was wobbly and the dad on the left had to steady himself because of that. They sat there for a fairly long time and I knew sooner or later, they would take off but the lighting was getting dimmer and dimmer pretty fast. And in order for me to get sharp image, I had to use a high shutter speed. What to do, what to do? All the sudden, I saw a fairly big bird coming from the left, It was one of the red-tailed hawks that patrol the sky in the area. Of course, both owls took off immediately and I got one of them in the last 4 images. Everybody scrambled back to the burrow and safe!

FYI, the spot is located at the beginning of an airport runway. And one of beacon lights there, which blinks at a certain interval, when captured from far away may look like the sun but it is not. It adds something to the image though, especially in #9.

Thank you very much for stopping by and please, feel free to leave any feedback,
Joshua



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#1 - Incoming and you better be ready!





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#2 - Steady, steady





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#5 - Don't move around, boy!





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#6 - Finally some peace time to enjoy the reddish sky...





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#7 - Alarm, alarm!





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#8 - Up and away





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#9 - Silhouetted against the "sun"





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#10 - Phew! That was close!




Sep 18, 2021 at 06:36 PM
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The ‘sun’ adds an interesting element to the frame!


Sep 18, 2021 at 06:48 PM
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All nice images but #9 is my favorite! I was there for a few hours the other morning and there was no action except for the red tail and a kestrel, that's nature for ya!
Bob



Sep 18, 2021 at 07:38 PM
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I thought the light in the 9th image was the moon. Stunning set Joshua with 9 my favorite

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Sep 18, 2021 at 08:26 PM
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I adore the colours and shapes you captured in these. Amazing!


Sep 18, 2021 at 09:37 PM
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Outstanding sequence


Sep 18, 2021 at 10:21 PM
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sunset and burrowing owls in flight, perfect combination. voted Joshua


Sep 18, 2021 at 11:10 PM
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Incredible series, Joshua.

Kudos to you for not sayin “oh well” when they initially flushed.

I love them all, but there’s something about number 10 that makes that a hard to pick favorite.

Cheers

George



Sep 19, 2021 at 04:03 AM
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Great job Joshua ! Your first and last shots are really special. Maybe they'll be around in a couple weeks ?
Gary



Sep 19, 2021 at 07:23 AM
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Wonderful photos, Joshua! The light is absolutely incredible!


Sep 19, 2021 at 07:28 AM
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Excellent work on these, Joshua.


Sep 19, 2021 at 08:42 AM
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eglittle wrote:
The ‘sun’ adds an interesting element to the frame!


Thank you for your feedback!



Bobg657 wrote:
All nice images but #9 is my favorite! I was there for a few hours the other morning and there was no action except for the red tail and a kestrel, that's nature for ya!
Bob


Thank you for your kind words, Bob! Yes, that happens….



morris wrote:
I thought the light in the 9th image was the moon. Stunning set Joshua with 9 my favorite

Morris


Thank you for your kind words, Morris! Yes, I could have sold it as such but tough to explain why it disappeared in the subsequent images…



Sep 19, 2021 at 09:03 AM
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These are outstanding Joshua!!! I tried to pick favorites, but my list was all of them.

Birdie



Sep 19, 2021 at 11:02 AM
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These are outstanding Joshua!!! I tried to pick favorites, but my list was all of them.

Birdie



Sep 19, 2021 at 11:02 AM
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JasonTheBirder wrote:
I adore the colours and shapes you captured in these. Amazing!


I greatly appreciate your kind words, Jason!



sfurr wrote:
Outstanding sequence


Thank you very much, Scott!



kdacharya wrote:
sunset and burrowing owls in flight, perfect combination. voted Joshua


Thank you very much for your support and kind words, KD!



George Welch wrote:
Incredible series, Joshua.

Kudos to you for not sayin “oh well” when they initially flushed.

I love them all, but there’s something about number 10 that makes that a hard to pick favorite.

Cheers

George


George, I am flattered by your kind words and thank you very much!



Sep 19, 2021 at 03:09 PM
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Great post-sunset images of the burrowing owls, Joshua! My picks are 8, 9 and 10.


Sep 19, 2021 at 03:16 PM
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Fantastic set Joshua !!! Beautiful lighting and also looks like they notified the tower for take off ! Lol


Sep 19, 2021 at 05:49 PM
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very nice set Joshua


Sep 19, 2021 at 07:27 PM
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Incredible set Joshua, the lighting and settings in these images is stunning.


Sep 19, 2021 at 11:04 PM
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sum1sgrampa wrote:
Great job Joshua ! Your first and last shots are really special. Maybe they'll be around in a couple weeks ?
Gary


Thank you very much, Gary! I am not sure when they will be around but normally not in the fall/winter though.



OSP2017 wrote:
Wonderful photos, Joshua! The light is absolutely incredible!


Thank you very much, OSP!



psharvic wrote:
Excellent work on these, Joshua.


I appreciate your kind comment, Vic!



birdied wrote:
These are outstanding Joshua!!! I tried to pick favorites, but my list was all of them.

Birdie


Thank you very much, Birdie!



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