I met up with Mia McPherson and Ron Dudley after arriving at Antelope Island State Park in Utah. They were kind enough to drive me around and show me the wildlife and some of the best places to photograph them. Without there help I would not have seen some of the wildlife I saw. The Burrowing Owl would have been one of them. I thought that I had great eyes for spotting birds but Mia has me beat.
Utah should put Mia and Ron on the payroll because they are very knowledgeable about the wildlife and especially the birds of Utah. I really enjoyed my visit with them and I hope to meet up with them again one of these days. I wished I would have gotten a photo with them and I didn’t even think about it until I got home.
The Burrowing Owl is a tiny but 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. 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. (Wikipedia)