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Little Fluff of Cuteness :)

Little Fluff of Cuteness :)
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Copyright: Steph Sayre (Sayre) Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 44 W: 2 N: 30] (164)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-10-04
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D80, 28-300mm f/3.5-6.3 Tamron
Exposure: f/6.3, 1/320 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-10-04 22:11
Viewed: 3260
Points: 2
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This is a Burrowing Owl that I found in a field full of burrowing owls, while looking for kestrels :). They actually let my friend and I get pretty close, I was surprised.

The Burrowing Owl (Athene cunicularia) is a small, long-legged owl found throughout open landscapes of North and South America. Burrowing owls can be found in grasslands, rangelands, agricultural areas, deserts, or any other dry, open area with low vegetation[1]. They nest and roost in burrows, such as those excavated by prairie dogs (Cynomys spp.). Unlike most owls, burrowing owls are often active during the day, although they tend to avoid the mid-day heat. Most hunting is still done from dusk until dawn, when their owl apomorphies are most advantageous.

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Steph - what an exciting capture! Before now I hadn't heard of the burrowing owl, and it might have frightened me had I come upon it not expecting to see an owl on the ground. Good for you for remaining calm and capturing an image of it. It's a nice shot of it's whole self and easy to see how one might miss them seeing as they blend in so well with their environment! Congrats! Penny

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