Owl at Sunrise

Burrowing Owl (Athene cunicularia) Jan 8 2023

Once again, like yesterday, the Burrowing Owl showed itself dry and fluffy after a night of heavy rain and wind. It must have taken refuge in a sheltered crevice among the rocks below its feet. As I posted a week ago, the birds love to be out in the rain and seem to take pleasure from a downpour, but that has limits. Eventually they get tired of it and take shelter.

The owl this morning stood once again in Perch B. It appeared alert and calm. My camera ran unattended for most of half an hour and during that entire time the bird did not change feet. It did not even extend its neck more than a small fraction of its capacity. As the video ran, the sun broke through and brightened the park. It being Sunday morning, more humans than usual were up and about, and many of those who passed the spot stopped to see the bird.

Confirming an earlier report from a park visitor, I saw a Black-tailed Jackrabbit scamper from the grassy portion of the Burrowing Owl Sanctuary across the paved trail and into the Nature Area. The scene flicked by too fast for a photo.

After filming the owl from the usual angle, I moved my camera into the Open Circle Viewpoint and shot a bit of video of the owl from the south. From that angle, a large pointy rock hides most of the owl’s body. At that moment, the owl seemed sleepy, and let its eyes close. It completely ignored the man with the camera.

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2 thoughts on “Owl at Sunrise

  • January 8, 2023 at 8:58 pm
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    Bless your persistence in all things owl, Marty. I haven’t been able to get over there recently. Don’t know what I’d do without your blog. 🦉

  • January 8, 2023 at 7:16 pm
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    I think the owl knows you and thinks here he is again, I will take a nab

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