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Burrowing Owls

During my visit to Lubbock, TX a couple of weeks ago, saw my first burrowing owls while checking out the local prairie dogs.  They are very cute little owls with bright yellow eyes that use abandoned prairie dog burrows.

Pulled my car up along a fence line and shot between the rows of barbed wire out the car window.  It was lots of fun and I’m looking forward to going back again sometime in the future.

Taken with Canon 1DX and Canon 500mm F4 IS II with 1.4X III teleconverter, handheld out the car window

Aperture priority, 1/800 sec @ F6.3, ISO 1600, evaluative metering, +1/3 exposure compensation


Aperture priority, 1/500 sec @ F5.6, ISO 2000, evaluative metering, +2/3 exposure compensation


Aperture priority, 1/400 sec @ F5.6, ISO 2000, evaluative metering, +2/3 exposure compensation


Aperture priority, 1/800 sec @ F6.3, ISO 1600, evaluative metering, +1/3 exposure compensation


12 responses

  1. Wonderful shots. I can see your efforts were appreciated in the last shot😀

    June 5, 2016 at 12:22 pm

  2. What an excellent series!

    June 5, 2016 at 12:39 pm

  3. Joe Benzenhoefer

    So far the owls are my favorite pictures.

    June 5, 2016 at 5:57 pm

  4. Thanks Victor. He looks a little ticked off at me in the last shot. Probably was wondering where the machine gun noise was coming from…

    June 5, 2016 at 7:12 pm

  5. Thanks Belinda. They were very fun to shoot.

    June 5, 2016 at 7:13 pm

  6. Thanks Joe. It was a nice surprise to find some good wildlife photo op’s in Lubbock.

    June 5, 2016 at 7:14 pm

  7. Great shots and birds. These owls seem to let you get close and pose. I see them also in South Florida.

    June 6, 2016 at 10:42 am

  8. Thanks Stephen. They were on my bucket list so it was a good day. They are good at posing. I need to make a trip to Florida one of these days.

    June 7, 2016 at 5:43 am

  9. Monique

    I travel to Midland frequently- love the burrowing owls- and in the fall the sand hill cranes are my favorites- there is a Harley Store/Shop in Big Spring Texas that have been feeding them for generations.

    June 9, 2016 at 8:16 am

  10. Thanks Monique. I didn’t realize that there were burrowing owls in Texas so it was a nice surprise finding them in Lubbock. I’m looking forward to finding them again one of these days.

    June 12, 2016 at 8:52 pm

  11. Gary Pinkham

    Hi Time,
    we are planning a visit to Muleshoe to see the sandhill cranes. Since we have to go through Lubbock, it would be interesting to stop and see the burrowing owls. Any suggestions on where to find them?

    November 25, 2016 at 11:27 pm

  12. Gary, I was taking photos on private property and can’t get you on that site. The burrowing owls use abandoned prairie dog burrows so just look for prairie dogs, which are everywhere up there and there may be some owls around. I spent most of my time on the east side of Lubbock, off of the 289 loop.

    November 26, 2016 at 6:58 pm

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