Seven Burrowing Owlets (Athene cunicularia)

Our goal this season was to locate and monitor a breeding pair of Burrowing Owls. Anne and I were fortunate to locate four burrows near Fresno all active with pairs. It took several trips and many days monitoring behavior in an effort to be there at the right time when the owlets leave the burrow. I believe we missed the actual day by a week, but two of the owlets were easily identified as the last hatched. I am posting just a few of so many good images taken over the past two months and when time permits I am going to put together a slideshow for easy viewing. All images were taken from the van and very few have been cropped. All seven owlets were out of the burrow only once for about ten minutes during our last three day stay.

  • Jerry Kirkhart 6y

    Wow, What a special event. This is precious Kevin. Anne and you had a great experience. Congratulations on such very special photography and for all of your patience until you got what you wanted.
  • Donald Quintana 6y

    WOW! Amazing, incredible set of photos! Your wildlife photography is very inspiring Kevin. I can't wait to see the slideshow.
  • Carlo Christian 6y

    Wow, again Kevin! Love the lighting.
  • Don Delaney 6y

    Beautiful series - great work!
  • MistyDays / CB 6y

    Absolutely amazing! I wish I lived in a county with a breeding population of Burrowing Owls. Alas......they don't breed in Sonoma County any longer, and it's hard to find the occasional non-breeding bird here. A wonderful set of images.....
  • docentjoyce 6y

    Wow Kevin. You and Anne are really fortunate to see such an amazing sight. I am looking forward to your slideshow.
  • Anne Cole 6y

    This I believe was the most amazing site of the day. One by one coming out of the burrow. Can you imagine?? 7??? Parents are very busy feeding 7 mouths :)
  • dianejp 6y

    Great series, Kevin. What a treat to see these cute little guys.
  • Teddy Llovet 6y

    I'm thrilled you got to see these cuties and get such a great image of them too. They're picture perfect here. Wonderful light on them. Thanks for being so patient with monitoring and sharing your results with us.

    Adding a metaphoric visual, they remind me of the 7 dwarfs bathed in halos!
  • snakehandler 6y

    the new generation! amazing. keeping the population up!
    this is sweet!!!
  • RadiHoliday 6y

    omg, this is so cute. congrats on some very fine pixs
  • DIsnowshoe 6y

    This is beautiful!
  • Gary Seloff 6y

    Incredible work with the shallow DOF--wonderful image!
  • sue bone 6y

    Amazing they are beautiful, great shot well worth all of your efforts.
  • Michael Dawes 6y

    -Wow....Firstly had a look at all our photos of the burrowing Owls...never heard of then before , now you and Anne have educated me...Have read the comments to, this is what places (flickr) like this is about..... P.S. Had a good read on the net about then en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Burrowing_Owl -
    Seen on your photo stream. (?)
  • Claudio Innamorati 6y

    Hi, I'm an admin for a group called Best shots nature - | Flora | Fauna | Landscapes | CONTEST |, and we'd love to have this added to the group!
  • Ann Kerwin 6y

    Wow. Just beautiful.
  • Heiko* 3y

    They're sooooo cute :)
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