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Congratulations to AGeoJO for winning Feature Thread of the Week with 11 votes - View Previous Winners


Burrowing owls are one of my favorite target birds. I consider myself fortunate that there is a site within 30 minutes away from where I live where they nest, and at times, even proliferate. Over several years of photographing them, I have noticed that they keep their eye on you quite a bit. Well, birds tend to do that but mostly while perching and less so while flying. Some tend to be oblivious, although we know that they are not but burrowing owls seem to do so more than anything else I have photographed. Maybe there are more vigilant, or maybe they are making sure you don't do anything stupid to harm them. Or is that more because of the camera gear in front of my face? Who knows!

Anyway, here is a set of images taken over a few years of these behaviors. I hope that you like them as I did photographing them. Thank you for stopping by and please feel free to leave any feedback.

Joshua



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#1 - Incoming!

  ILCE-1    FE 200-600mm F5.6-6.3 G OSS lens    500mm    f/6.3    1/2000s    1600 ISO    0.0 EV  





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#2 - Better keep an eye or both on this guy!

  ILCE-1    FE 600mm F4 GM OSS lens    600mm    f/4.0    1/2000s    320 ISO    0.0 EV  





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#3 - Owlet, seemingly angry but that their expression

  ILCE-7RM3    DT 600mm F4 SAM lens    840mm    f/5.6    1/1000s    640 ISO    0.0 EV  





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#4 Incoming and carrying food, almost touch down but still maintaining eye contact

  ILCE-1    FE 600mm F4 GM OSS lens    600mm    f/5.0    1/4000s    640 ISO    0.0 EV  





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#5 - Just took off

  ILCE-1    FE 600mm F4 GM OSS lens    600mm    f/4.0    1/2000s    250 ISO    +0.3 EV  





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#6 - Owlet, standing tall and still wanting to be taller

  ILCE-1    FE 600mm F4 GM OSS lens    600mm    f/4.0    1/500s    1000 ISO    0.0 EV  





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#7 - Owlet, almost blending in with the log

  ILCE-1    FE 600mm F4 GM OSS lens    600mm    f/4.0    1/2000s    1000 ISO    0.0 EV  





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#8 - Incoming with food in claw

  ILCE-1    FE 600mm F4 GM OSS lens    600mm    f/5.0    1/4000s    640 ISO    0.0 EV  





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#9 - Almost touching down while still maintaining eye contact

  ILCE-1    FE 600mm F4 GM OSS lens    600mm    f/4.0    1/2000s    1250 ISO    0.0 EV  





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#10 - Owlet in headlight

  ILCE-1    FE 600mm F4 GM OSS lens    600mm    f/4.0    1/125s    400 ISO    0.0 EV  





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#11 - One of a sequential frames, where the owl maintains eye contact throughout

  ILCE-1    FE 600mm F4 GM OSS lens    600mm    f/4.0    1/2000s    320 ISO    0.0 EV  





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#12 - After sunset

  ILCE-1    FE 600mm F4 GM OSS lens    600mm    f/4.0    1/500s    160 ISO    +1.0 EV  




Jan 08, 2022 at 10:10 AM
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These are stunning Joshua. Those eyes!


Jan 08, 2022 at 10:16 AM
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Joshua - Fantastic set. Each one of these images have so much character. The eyes drawn you in. Burrowing owls are on my, wish I would see them some day list. Isn't it nice to have a go too place so close to home? Thanks for posting this set. Really, really enjoyable !

Greg



Jan 08, 2022 at 10:30 AM
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Beautifully captured images Joshua !!!


Jan 08, 2022 at 12:19 PM
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classic Joshua shots, love the ones where the pupils are dilated. voted.


Jan 08, 2022 at 12:25 PM
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Stunning set, Joshua. All about the eyes, especially with owls.
Rex



Jan 08, 2022 at 12:57 PM
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I think they are looking because the recognize you. Seriously! I don't doubt that some wild animals that occupy territories can recognize individual humans that are repeat visitors. And it makes for spectacular shots.


Jan 08, 2022 at 02:01 PM
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Fantastic set Joshua.

Birdie



Jan 08, 2022 at 02:17 PM
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Great set of images. Wish I was as lucky as you to be near such a great photographic resource.

Dave



Jan 08, 2022 at 02:26 PM
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Superb set Joshua! In 4 it looks like it's bringing you a flower

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Superb set, Joshua!


Jan 08, 2022 at 02:47 PM
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Fantastic set Joshua !

Ronny



Jan 08, 2022 at 02:49 PM
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Great set, Joshua. Incredible images of this beautiful bird.

Shibu



Jan 08, 2022 at 03:58 PM
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I'm a big fan of eye contact so I knew I'd like these. Excellent series !! Each one is special in it's own way but the colors in #3 really stand out for me. This is an easy vote !
Gary



Jan 08, 2022 at 04:00 PM
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aae991 wrote:
These are stunning Joshua. Those eyes!


Thank you very much, Stuart! Yes, those eyes are captivating alright...



G.E. Smith wrote:
Joshua - Fantastic set. Each one of these images have so much character. The eyes drawn you in. Burrowing owls are on my, wish I would see them some day list. Isn't it nice to have a go too place so close to home? Thanks for posting this set. Really, really enjoyable !

Greg


I really appreciated your kind words, Greg! Based on the fairly close location, I did spend a lot of time there in the last several years except for 2020 when the owl population was down for whatever reasons. Please, feel free to contact me if you are coming over here in the summer months.



roadapple wrote:
Beautifully captured images Joshua !!!


Thank you very much, Tom!




Jan 08, 2022 at 04:15 PM
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Wow, Joshua, these are extraordinary. Those guys have been on my bucket list for years. I've never even seen one so far. Some day... In the mean time I'll just enjoy your photos. YGMV


Jan 08, 2022 at 09:31 PM
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Breathtaking series, wow! All are amazing, with #3, 5 and 10 being my favorites.


Jan 08, 2022 at 09:34 PM
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very nice indeed Joshua


Jan 09, 2022 at 03:29 AM
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kdacharya wrote:
classic Joshua shots, love the ones where the pupils are dilated. voted.


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



surgemaster wrote:
Stunning set, Joshua. All about the eyes, especially with owls.
Rex


My appreciation for your kind comment, Rex!



dallvr wrote:
I think they are looking because the recognize you. Seriously! I don't doubt that some wild animals that occupy territories can recognize individual humans that are repeat visitors. And it makes for spectacular shots.


Shirley, I appreciate your kind words! Oh, yes, I believe that they recognize some photographers that frequent the site on a regular basis.



Jan 09, 2022 at 11:52 AM
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Absolutely stunning images, Joshua! Man, these little guys are intense!


Jan 09, 2022 at 01:56 PM
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