According to All about bird ID description, “Burrowing Owls are small owls with long legs and short tails. The head is rounded and does not have ear tufts. They can be founded in glass land, deserts, or dry area with little vegetation.” Unlike other owls, they live in an underground hole dug by prairie dogs. The Ontario Airport and the Salton Sea are the known location in Southern California to the bird photographers. And I have seen many photos of the small owls taken by them from these spots.
Fortunately, the first time in life, I had a chance to take a picture of Burrowing Owls in Ontario, which is only 20 miles away from my home. In September 2018, I took a family of owls that came out of the underground nest and perched to take sun-bath in the morning.
I recently returned to Ontario and tried to take more dynamic photos of owls that in flight and hunting June Bugs rather than boring photos previously taken. Speaking of June Bug, “it derives the name from the fact that adult June bugs emerge from the soil at the end of spring in May or the beginning of the summer in June.”
As a matter of fact, June bug became a significant food resource throughout the summer to the owls and many bird photographers are dying to capture the scene of hunting by the owls. I was one of them and was there every weekend for the best of luck. But capturing the owls in flight is very difficult and demands much patience for the right timing. The photo that I posted above is only the clear lucky shot and it looks like the owl grabbed one June bug in the claw. The photo below reveals the moment after hunting. It definitely shows a June Bug in the owl’s mouth. It’s not a perfect picture, but I’m glad that I finally have one in my bucket list.
For the photographing Burring Owls, I used Nikon D500 with Nikon 300mm PF F4 telephoto lens. If you want to see more owl photos, please visit my website at https://www.josephchoiphoto.com/Bird/
- All about birds, Burrowing Owl Identification from https://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Burrowing_Owl/id
- Terminix: Why are June bugs called June Bug from https://www.terminix.com/blog/education/june-bugs/