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Old Jan 31, 2005, 1:39 PM   #1
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The local birding folks are going crazy about getting this rare opportunity to see a burrowing owl in the open like this near a new housing development. I got to go out Sunday and get some shots of it. It was (and still is) very overcast day. But I think I got some decent shots. The images are cropped with some contract adjustment and sharpening. Here they are:







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Old Jan 31, 2005, 7:39 PM   #2
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Very nice Gospel. I have never seen these guys. I would suggest going low on ground to get a lower angle.
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I wonder if his home was destroyed in the creation of the new development and that's why they are seeing so much of him. Either way, it is sad that his life is probably at risk now with the introduction of people, pets, and the chaos that soon follows.
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Old Feb 1, 2005, 11:15 AM   #4
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WG, I don't think that is the cause in this case. It is very rare to see this bird along the upper Texas coast. In fact, the developer is even setting aside some land to build a wetlands area. Burrowing owls tend to live in open grassy area and not in trees. They take over animal dens/burrows in the ground. It may have been the openness of the area that attracted him.

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Wow! Good for him!! I just thought that with houses and yards and animals, he wouldn't have been able to find a spot to burrow into, or that his burrow may have been where the houses are. Hopefully, as people see him, they will respect him and give him his room so he hangs around!!
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Nice shots.

You must have had a good time getting these. Awesome looking owl.
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