Today’s blog will finish my Burrowing Owl series – at least for now. See, they’re all still at the burrows, so …. you just never know. 🙂
When I returned to the burrows, after my 2-week hiatus, I was quite excited to see that everyone was fine and progressing along splendid.
The gang was flying around …
… perfecting their balance skills …
… hanging out in the nearby trees, even ones a bit further away
Yes, even after I stressed about them when we had over 14 inches on rain over a 24-hour period and I feared for their survival, of course, nature has a way of making it all work out for them. 🙂 Thank goodness!
The gang was all accounted for!
Of course, it wasn’t always only the burrowing owls that came around while I was photographing.
Activity level was at a high for awhile …
However, over time, the activity level, though still active, became more and more unpredictable. In short, it became that much harder to photograph them in their flight activities since they were so confident in their abilities, that they no longer took the time to size up their next move …. and give you a “heads up” for capturing the moment.
Eventually, I found myself more and more, just going out there to spend time with them.
I became a bit mesmerized with their amazing eyes – so bright, big, and yellow!
I would simply sit back and watch them – often, as they watched me.
I know that it sounds a bit bizarre, but I know that they knew me, felt comfortable around me, if you will.
The last time I was out there, they were all out in force… all accounted for. I said my goodbyes to them, just in case I didn’t see some of them again. See, they should be getting ready to “flee the burrow” soon.
I especially gave a special farewell to Peanut. After all, Peanut was the one that would make me smile most of all. 🙂
I then thanked the parents for their patience with my presence for the last 3 months and reflected on how I had grown to admire them so much.
Burrowing owls become of reproductive age in 1 year, so I wonder who I will visit with their babies next year… and I can’t wait! 🙂