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Burrowing Owl Sleeping

Sleeping burring owl and it’s all about the eye lashes.

This burrowing owl kept winking at me and I was wondering what was going on.  When getting the photos on my computer realized that he was falling asleep.  Haven’t seen a sleeping burrowing owl before so this was a treat, especially after seeing those eye lashes.  Adorable.

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

1/2000 sec @ F5.6, ISO 800, evaluative metering, + 2/3 exposure compensation, 700mm

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Jackrabbits

While on a recent business trip to Lubbock TX, took my camera along to check out the local wildlife.  It has been a few years since I’ve taken any photos in Lubbock so it was good to get back out there.  Got some great tips on where to shoot and hit the ground running after work on my first day there and found several jackrabbits about 4 miles from my hotel.

This one took off accross the field away from me so I drove over to the other side and got him as he was running towards me in some decent light.

1/2000 sec @ F8, ISO 800, evaluative metering, + 2/3 exposure compensation, 700mm

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My favorite way to photograph jackrabbits is with back lighting.  It’s all about the ears. Caught three of the jackrabbits hanging out right in front of me with the sun starting to set behind them.  A perfect opportunity to get the sun coming through their ears.

1/1000 sec @ F8, ISO 800, evaluative metering, + 2/3 exposure compensation, 700mm

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Owl Tender Landing

This Burrowing Owl tried to land in this thorny bush but didn’t stick around long.  Kept his wings flapping for some good photo op’s.  I’m gonna miss these little owls.

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

Aperture priority, 1/500 sec @ F 5.6, ISO 3200, evaluative metering, +2/3 exposure compensation, 700mm

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Guess Who?

This juvenile Burrowing Owl seems unphased by his sibling jumping on her back.  Got several shots of the encounter with him reaching around and looking like he was trying to kiss her and then they fell over.

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

Aperture priority, 1/500 sec @ F5.6, ISO 6400, evaluative metering, +2/3 exposure compensation, 700mm

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Intimidation

Here are more photos of Burrowing Owls trying to intimidate prairie dogs that got too close.  They do a great job of expanding their body size with their feathers, which makes for some cool photo op’s.  Hoping to get the opportunity to see them again.

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

Aperture priority, 1/1000 sec @ F8, ISO 1600, evaluative metering, 700mm

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Aperture priority, 1/1600 sec @ F7.1, ISO 1600, evaluative metering, 700mm

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Burrowing Owl’s Crazy Eyes

This would have been a good post for Halloween with the fully dilated eyes of this Burrowing Owl.  He got all puffed up and stared down this prairie dog that got a little too close.

Saw this behavior a few times this summer but this was the only one with the owl looking in my direction.

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

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Burrowing Owl Portrait

This juvenile Burrowing Owl was hanging out near the fence line where I was taking photos.  Moved my car up close to him and shot away for about 10 min as he was trying to stay awake.

He finally moved for the second photo but there was a blurred out barbed wire fence right above him so I cropped it tighter.

Had to use negative exposure compensation to keep from blowing out the whites on his chest.

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

Aperture priority, 1/800 sec @ F9, ISO 800, evaluative metering, -2/3 exposure compensation

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Aperture priority, 1/640 sec @ F9, ISO 800, evaluative metering, -2/3 exposure compensation

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