Burrowing Owls

By: beckymather

Mar 24 2015

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Aperture:f/5.6
Focal Length:300mm
ISO:400
Shutter:1/800 sec
Camera:Canon EOS 5D Mark III

I was so excited to see these Burrowing Owls (Athene cunicularia floridana) in Cape Coral! One of the smallest owls at 5 – 8.5 ounces and 7.5-11 inches tall, this is the only owl that lives underground. Here in Florida, they dig their own burrows in dry open fields and are diurnal. They are protected, as their territory is in high demand for development. There are around 2,500 burrows in Cape Coral, but not all of them are active. Theses birds do not migrate, but often hide in the summer to avoid the hot sun. All known burrows not on residential property are marked with PVC pipes and are easy to spot once you know what to look for.

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2 comments on “Burrowing Owls”

  1. Love your photos and information. My husband and I saw 2 of these and wanted to learn more.

  2. These are beyond fantastic! I dream of capturing images like these some day, what a great find.


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