Went to Florida last year and no luck. Came to my hometown in Brazil and there they were. Adorable Burrowing Owl.
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Just trying to stay warm when it's in the single digits and windy 😕
~If you make a brush pile in your yard it will give White-throated Sparrows a place to take cover in between trips out into your yard to feed on fallen seeds from a bird feeder. (Feeding the birds especially in very cold weather can help them greatly). #whitethroatedsparrow#fluffthosefeathers#huddle
Back in the day, cowboys called burrowing owls “howdy birds,” because of the envisioned head nod they gave to passers-by on the prairie. These owls have widely disappeared from their historic ranges, but I was fortunate enough to see a pair near the beach yesterday morning.
I always try to get eye level with any animal I photograph, and in this case I had to make a wide circle around the sand dune to get in position. I was still a long distance from where I thought the owls were standing, but when I looked up two eyes were staring back at me. I was praying the single point focus grabbed the little sliver of area on the top of the owl’s head... it did, and one picture stood out above the rest. 🦉
The winter cold this week really has me missing the summer days spent on Toronto Island at Hanlan’s point. For the first time in over 80 years, two Piping Plovers were successfully nesting on a Toronto beach. While sitting on the warm sand, I would watch as these tiny endangered shorebirds would run around near the shoreline, not too far from hungry predators, skyscrapers, and airplanes. I felt hopeful.