The Burrowing Owl of South & North America.


“Athene-cunicularia-burrowing-owl-0b” by I, Adamantios. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons.
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.
via Burrowing owl – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

A Tiny Gray Owl is hiding here.

Image Credit: Photograph by Mauro Mozzarelli, National Geographic Your Shot.
A cleverly camouflaged gray owl protects its nest in this Your Shot picture chosen for the Daily Dozen roundup of editors’ favorites.
This photo and caption were submitted to Your Shot.
via Owl Picture — Bird Photo — National Geographic Photo of the Day.

Small Owls Huddling Together.

Birds are warm blooded animals, which means that they maintain their body temperature independent of the environment.
However, quite often their tiny size forces them to adapt, and even work together, when it gets cold outside.
“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.”
As well as the Owls, this is our collection of the cutest bird-cuddling photos.
See more via 16+ Pics Of Birds Cuddling Together For Warmth Will Melt Your Heart | Bored Panda.

‘Thanks for your Undivided Attention’ says The Owl.

little-book-of-thanks-owl_93045_990x742“Thanks for your undivided attention.”
Image Credit: Photograph by Erni
Great gray owls’ asymmetrically set ear openings help them locate noises by using the time difference in which the sound is perceived in the right and left ear.
(From The Little Book of Thanks by Anne Rogers Smyth)
Source: “Thank you for your undivided attention.”

‘Clumsy Little Owl’ by Tibor Kercz wins Comedy Award.

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.
Thanks to Don Woolman for the suggestion.

Snowy Owl in flight by traffic camera.

46eyrtfhet4Traffic cameras don’t generally take interesting photographs, but sometimes they get lucky.
Such was the case in January, when Transport Quebec’s traffic camera snapped several pictures of an owl mid-flight.
The photos of the majestic bird’s flyby were taken right by highway 40 in Montreal, Canada.
Quebec transport minister Robert Poëti tweeted the pictures.
Source: Traffic Camera Accidentally Snaps Beautiful Photo of a Snowy Owl | Mental Floss