If you have never had the opportunity to photograph Burrowing Owl (Athene cunicularia) juveniles I would suggest you find a burrow and be prepared to laugh yourself silly. The adult Burrowing Owls are gorgeous but they seem slightly less animated than the juveniles.
The three juveniles above were having a group preening session.
Juvenile Burrowing Owls appear to parallax more than the adults, twisting, turning and bobbing their heads. There are times that the juvies look so funny it is difficult to hold the camera and lens still because of laughing.
They can almost turn their heads upside down.
And they wink.
They can make the funniest faces.
At times they can even look ferocious!
Look for interesting poses when the juveniles groom.
If you need a laugh watching these juveniles for a period of time will provide it, I can almost guarantee that. I’ll write more on this species another time.
As for owls and other nesting birds or young chicks please:
- don’t harass, molest, get too close or disturb them
- being too close can often prevent the adults from feeding the chicks
- be aware that your presence could attract predators
- respect local, state and federal laws concerning wildlife