Nestled within the sprawling expanse of Antelope Island State Park in Utah, I had the pleasure of photographing a remarkable sight – a Burrowing Owl with a leg band.

Burrowing Owl With Band
Burrowing Owl With Band

Burrowing Owls are small, ground-dwelling owls that are found across the Americas. They are known for their unique nesting habits, as they excavate underground burrows in prairies, deserts, and other open areas. These burrows not only serve as their homes but also provide a safe haven for raising their young.

What makes this Burrowing Owl unique is the leg band it had. Leg bands are small, lightweight metal or plastic rings placed around the bird’s leg to identify them for research purposes. These bands allow scientists and researchers to track the bird’s movements, migration patterns, and lifespan. The leg band on this Burrowing Owl suggests that it was part of a research project, possibly conducted by the park authorities.

Another interesting fact about Burrowing Owls is their behavior. These owls are often active during the day, making them easier to spot compared to other owl species. They are also highly social birds and can be found living in colonies, where they often share burrows with other species such as prairie dogs and snakes.

As I captured the image of this Burrowing Owl with its leg band, I couldn’t help but think about the role these birds play in the ecosystem. As predators, they help control rodent populations, and as prey, they are an essential food source for other predators such as hawks, eagles, and coyotes.

In conclusion, my encounter with the Burrowing Owl with a leg band was a reminder of the important role research plays in protecting and conserving wildlife. It was also a testament to the fascinating behavior and unique characteristics of these remarkable birds.

Gear Used:

  • Camera: Canon EOS R5
  • Lens: RF100-500 mm F4.5-7.1 L IS USM


  • Location: Antelope Island State Park (Utah)
  • Date and Time Taken: June 1, 2022 (07:37 A. M.)
  • Exposure Mode: Manual
  • Aperture: f8
  • Shutter speed: 1/3200
  • ISO: 1600 (Auto)
  • Exposure Compensation: 0.7
  • Focal Length: 500 mm

Here is another Owl Photo I took: Great Horned Owl