May 13, 2014


My favorite adult female Burrowing Owl in Florida. You may remember a few of my "Bad Hair Day" Photos of an owl that I shot in 2013...this is the same female. Unfortunately when I went to see her this time, I noticed her left eye was injured and it was constantly closed. I hoped for the best but later in my trip she opened that eye and it was obvious that it was permanently damaged. Most likely it's an injury from feeding her new owlets, they can be brutal with their tiny beaks. It was hard to watch her with that injury but she displayed an amazing ability to adapt. She still protects her owlets and I even watched her hunt for her babies - although she seems to be letting the male do most of the actual hunting now. See More

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