Real Rain

Burrowing Owl (Athene cunicularia) Dec. 31 2022

Finally, real rain. Beginning Friday evening and continuing through Saturday morning, the wet stuff came down heavy enough to create wildwater streams in the v-shaped drainage channels in the park, crowding the corrugated pipes and dumping waterfalls into the North Basin. In the midst of it, the Burrowing Owl stood out in Perch B, letting it all stream over its plumage as if taking an endless shower. My usual observation spot was flooded. I set up in the Open Circle Viewpoint instead and filmed the owl from the side. It shook its head to spin off the water from time to time. It looked around in its usual alert fashion. If the rain bothered the bird, it could have found dry shelter in any of the rock crevices below its feet. In the past, I’ve seen that there is a limit to these birds’ tolerance for rain, and they will eventually seek cover, but this owl has not reached that limit yet. I, on the other hand, reached my limit pretty quick and retreated to my dry cave asap.

Burrowing Owl (Athene cunicularia) shaking its head to spin off rainwater, Dec. 31 2022

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2 thoughts on “Real Rain

  • I so enjoy your regular posts about our park and its wildlife. Thank you.

  • What a great still image that is! Thanks for braving the torrent to show us this video.

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