c_losc LOOK CLOSELY! Nature is pretty amazing. About 35 or so feet from the ground a goose decided to build her nest. I wondered how the little ones would eat or get down to eat. I feared for their survival. I happened to be there when all 7 hatched and was there 2 days later when both mom and dad goose flew down to a near by pond. What happened next left me in shock. She called to the 7 goslings and they all headed to the edge of the ledge on the cliff they were on. One by one they listened to mom and jumped off the ledge and landed on the hard ground below!!! They would twist their body mid air like on the image so they could land on their backs. As each one hit the ground they would shake off a bit and continue walking to the edge of the water to join mom and dad. All 7 survived the drop and I was there to witness it. This is one of the many images I was able to get. It shows the height and best of all the tiny goose mid air. This was the last one to drop and it took him a bit longer than the rest to drum up the courage to make the leap of faith. 8h

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c_losc Flight of the Burrowing Owl. 1d

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c_losc Braver than the rest! Yesterday while visiting a Great Horned Owl nest I noticed two owlets in the nest and wondered where the third had gone. As I searched a giant tree for it I finally found it on a much lower branch and quite the distance away from the nest. Keeping it company was mama owl. I suspect this one was the most curious and brave of the bunch, the one who decided to leave the nest and go explore from branch to branch. I love that I found and photographed these two together, made for a fun and memorable visit. 2d

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c_losc Successful catch!! An Osprey snatches up a trout at a local pond. 4d

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c_losc Burrowing Owls have hatched and parents are busy hunting non stop! This is one of them walking through the mountainside looking for insects. 4d

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c_losc Happy Earth Day everyone! I had the privilege to photograph this Common Loon in early morning light here in Northern Utah. I remember saying a couple months ago how much I would love to photograph a Loon in breeding plumage this year. Happy to have had this one make a stop near my home for a couple days on its way north. Loons are the quintessential symbol of the great outdoors for me. I love to see and hear these beautiful creatures. 5d
  •   cooper_etc My fave, sight & sound 5d
  •   chickadee117 What beautiful, colorful markings! 5d
  •   feather_perfection Stunning!!! 5d
  •   goosewellgranny Very nice 5d
  •   howiseetheworld Wonderful!! Love their haunting call!! We have the juveniles here on the ocean! Have yet to get a shot of one in the breeding plumage, so beautiful!! 4d
  •   ejestapa Incredible collection! 4d
  •   vickyrae54 I love taking pictures of Loons! Can't wait until I can again this year! 3d
  •   myalou1 I love loons 19h

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c_losc A Western Meadowlark sings in an open grassland. It's a great time of the year to enjoy the sounds of life. 6d

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c_losc It is baby bird season around here. This is a baby Canada Goose born just a day or so ago. Oh the simple pleasure of warm sunlight!! 6d

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c_losc Running on water to take-off for flight. I was photographing this Canada Goose when it took me by surprise and took off coming right at me. It flew about 2 feet above my head and I got sprayed with water as it flew over me. Such a cool experience. 1w

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c_losc A couple days ago we had a terrible windstorm followed by a snowstorm and even more wind. Unfortunately this Great Horned Owl lost all 3 of her eggs she was incubating. She was gone yesterday and all trace of her nest. Nature sucks sometimes... 1w

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c_losc A Burrowing Owl protects its eyes from the dust kicked up by a gust of wind in the desert. I have spent some time with this pair of owls and I can assure you the best is yet to come. My favorite bird species hand down. 2w

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c_losc Actively hunting from the tops of sage brush, this Burrowing Owl looks for movement on the ground while keeping a close watch on the sky for predators. 2w

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c_losc A little later than the rest, I found this Great Horned Owl still on eggs yesterday. The other 4 nests I am watching already have young owlets branching out. I am excited about this one though, as it is not on a tree. 2w
  •   assos2002 So beautiful 2w
  •   funertunca Nice... Nice... 2w
  •   howiseetheworld Oh my goodness! What a shot Carlos!! I'm dying to see the babies!! 2w
  •   piranga Except you gotta pay to go photograph it ;) 2w
  •   piranga Great shot btw 2w
  •   c_losc @piranga Ha. Could be worse. At least it's not a zoo. The sad part is that the windstorm/snowstorm we had was too much and the eggs and owl were gone today. She was incubating 3 eggs and she was gone along with the eggs today. Really sad about that as I was looking forward to observing them from close range. 2w
  •   piranga Oh craps I didn't even thing about that. It was horrid there yesterday and the day before. Like 50mph gusts on Tuesday. That blows 2w
  •   brontebay23 amazing page all your pictures are so beautiful :) 8h

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c_losc The Mr. and Mrs. Burrowing Owl. Safe to say these two will make great parents to the 6-8 owlets soon to be born. 2w

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c_losc Male Sage Grouse in non-displaying mode. Having just landed on the Lek, he is scouting things out. 2w

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c_losc Steller's Jay photographed in South Fork Canyon in Utah. 2w

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c_losc Hunting for crickets and beetles in the desert. Burrowing Owls will mostly feed on these but is no stranger to mice, voles and even snakes. They hunt primarily on foot for the bugs, running through the brush in pursuit of anything that moves. 2w
  •   jc_wings Great pic Carlos!! Looking forward to the next adventure!! 2w
  •   wildlife_lyuke82 Good shot 2w
  •   goosewellgranny Anazing 2w
  •   shlomy_bird Cool bird 2w
  •   ccgiltner That is a cool shot.. 2w
  •   lymantaiste AND they are adorable on a professional level. These little guys are all over by my house and I can see one pair from my porch. 2w
  •   howiseetheworld Those shots of them running always kill me!! I think this is the first flying shot I've seen!! Awesome as always!! 2w
  •   lenapucci @c_losc Lovely 1w

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c_losc Beauty of whatever kind, in its supreme development, invariably excites the sensitive soul to tears.
-Poe
3w

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c_losc I love this time of the year. Photographed these flowers in downtown Salt Lake City. 3w

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c_losc A male Burrowing Owl enjoys the sunshine on a mountainside. This is one of most awesome experiences I have had with these owls. What an awesome way to spend Easter. 3w

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