All photographs copyright (2003-2013) by Kris H. Light

<strong>Western Burrowing Owl</strong>
<em>Athene cunicularia</em>
Carrizo Plain, CA
March 23, 2007
This was one of those, "STOP! Turn around NOW!" situations when I saw this owl sitting in the middle of a field in Carrizo Plain. I'm so lucky to ha...
Western Burrowing Owl
Athene cunicularia
Carrizo Plain, CA
March 23, 2007
This was one of those, "STOP! Turn around NOW!" situations when I saw this owl sitting in the middle of a field in Carrizo Plain. I'm so lucky to have a patient husband! :) I wish I had an even stronger telephoto lens, my 300mm zoom didn't do this owl justice. It had large yellow eyes and long thin legs that I could see through the binoculars. These birds take advantage of burrows that have been dug by other animals, in this area they are dug by ground squirrels. The owl may take over the burrow after it eats the squirrels! These owls were once very common in southern California, but due to loss of habitat, they are now not as common.

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