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05-09-2014, 05:48 PM   #1
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Burrowing Owl
Lens: Sigma 70-200mm Camera: Pentax K-7 

The Burrowing Owls (Athene cunicularia) is a tiny owl found throughout open landscapes of North and South America. They 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 .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. This one was photographed in a provincial city of Indaiatuba, São Paulo, Brazil, on the banks of a lake near my house. It was at night (7pm).I set my lens to 200mm and used my backpack to stabilaze my camera that was set with F2.8 , 1/20 seconds and ISO 800. Noise was removed with LR3.

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This species used to be widespread. However, it is undergoing a catastrophic decline in population in North American. largely due to habitat destruction and, on their wintering grounds, use of pesticudes such as Carbofuran.
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Here is a link to some of the burrowing owls in the desert where I live :-)

https://www.pentaxforums.com/forums/12-post-your-photos/273631-nature-desert-owls.html
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