Photographer's Note

Burrowing owls, "Athene cunicularia", are very common owls, but it is always nice to see them wild in their habitat. They nest in burrows, where they like to stay close to take care.
Adults length around 21-28 cm (8.5-11 inches) Burrowing owls are generally active at dusk and dawn, but sometimes at night also. They are highly terrestrial, and are often seen perched on a mound of dirt, telegraph or fence post - frequently on one foot. They feed on a wide variety of prey, changing food habits as location and time of year determine availability. Large arthropods, mainly beetles and grasshoppers, comprise a large portion of their diet. Small mammals, especially mice, rats, gophers, and ground squirrels, are also important food items. Burrowing Owls nest underground in abandoned burrows dug by mammals or if soil conditions allow they will dig their own burrows. They will also use man made nest boxes placed underground.
I was lucky to find these three youngsters just watching the world outside their nests entrance during the kindergarden age, and specially lucky to got close to them, while their mother stayed just watching me. Mother owls can always attack on people getting close to their childs, like I did here, and I saw anther one doing it, hurting my father-in-law on his head a few hours later.

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Additional Photos by Jose A Hauer (zeca) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2801 W: 157 N: 4803] (19762)
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