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The burrowing owl (Athene cunicularia) is a small, long-legged owl found throughout open landscapes of North and South America.
Burrowing owls can be found in grasslands, rangelands, agricultural areas, deserts, or any other open dry area with low vegetation They nest and roost in burrows, such as those excavated by prairie dogs (Cynomys spp.).
Unlike most owls, Burrowing Owls are often active during the day, although they tend to avoid the midday heat.
But like many other kinds of owls, burrowing owls do most of their hunting from dusk until dawn, when they can use their night vision and hearing to their advantage.
Living in open grasslands as opposed to the forest, the burrowing owl has developed longer legs, which enables it to sprint as well as fly when hunting.
“They huddle together in such roosts for warmth, the most dominant birds taking the center positions, forcing the immature and more subordinate to the edges where they are at the mercy of the elements.”
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An owl dangling precariously from a branch scooped the overall prize of 2017’s Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards.
Out of the 3,500 entries, Tibor Kercz won the overall prize with his series of images showing a very small owl losing its footing and trying to claw its way back on to a branch to join the other small owlls,
Tibor Kercz’s photo of the undignified owl was the overall winner.