Sherry Icardi  

Burrowing Owl by Sherry Icardi

July 2021 - Burrowing Owl

About the Image(s)

I finally visited one of the parks that provide space for Burrowing Owls in my area. These owls like prairies and places they have build nests in the ground. They are about 10 ins high and the most expressive owl you can imagine. They like sports fields as well as public parks. This park is in Broward County and hosts many nests. They are generally surrounded by posts and rope to prevent people from stepping on the nests. I spent over 1 hour watching several different nests and got some amazing images.

Sony 7r4 and 100-400mm lens
1/640 sec
ISO 320

This round’s discussion is now closed!
9 comments posted

Donald Dunn   Donald Dunn
Outstanding photo.   Posted: 07/07/2021 12:40:48

Ian Cambourne   Ian Cambourne
(Groups 73 & 76)
A stunning image Sherry. Great composition, viewpoint, colours. And the look on that face make me ask what in the world is going on behind those eyes.   Posted: 07/08/2021 05:04:58
Sherry Icardi   Sherry Icardi
Ian, it was playing with me and copied my head position. So of course I got carried away and tried to see if he would mimic several of my head angles. And he did, these guys are very "people" tolerant, but I still kept my distance and used a long lens. I was laying on the ground to get some of the images, including this one. These little owls are about 8-10 inches high so pretty small, but I could watch them all day!   Posted: 07/12/2021 13:29:41

Sarita Yeola   Sarita Yeola
Sherry, I really like the expression in the owls eyes. Beautiful portrait. Would love to see the burrowing owls some day.   Posted: 07/08/2021 14:44:26

Christine Walas   Christine Walas
This photograph is absolutely stunning!

Picture perfect!   Posted: 07/08/2021 15:52:59

Peter Dominowski   Peter Dominowski
Beautiful expression, beautiful eyes! Fantastic feathers, terrific texture!

The only niggling I can do is; It appears that you were slightly above the level of the bird, and a slightly lower aperture may have improved the bokeh of the background.

Burrowing owls are adorable and so photogenic!!!   Posted: 07/18/2021 14:35:47

Bev Caine   Bev Caine
(Groups 48 & 80)
The bird is excellently done. As I am not familiar with the limitations of exhibiting in a nature group, I will comment accordingly that If I were shooting this image the only change I would have just attempted to darken the bottom a bit to provide a bit more contrast to make the bird stand out a bit more.   Posted: 07/27/2021 09:19:24

Judy Haran   Judy Haran
Aren't these guys fun to shoot. I do love his expression. I like the yellow eye owls better than the black eye ones, they have some more color to add. The only thing I have to suggest to what the others said is i might have tried warming up the temperature tone a bit to add some warmth. But that's just my taste.   Posted: 07/28/2021 15:23:54

Sherry Icardi   Sherry Icardi
Confession to everyone here....I have a cataract in my right eye and it makes everything more yellow than it should I have trouble distinquishing the correct color. This was just pointed out to me on my last visit to my opthamologist. So I am going to have to do something about it before long, just have to find some time to work it in. So what you see as not warm enough I see as way far up the scale of warm. I kept thinking it was the color calibration on my screen and while that is easy to fix, the cataract will take surgery....have to figure out how to compensate to get the image colors right in the meantime!   Posted: 07/30/2021 14:12:03