c_losc A short video of a Short-eared Owl in Utah's desert. Experiences with wildlife like this one only happen a few times in life. I hope all of you enjoy the video. 1d

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c_losc A female Flammulated Owl perches on a branch in the high Uinta Mountains in Utah. She was calling to a male that was in the tree near by. Her call was more of a cry, almost like a baby while the male responded with its deep hoots. Flammulated Owls are so unique and their name speaks to the flame colored markings on them. Some owls in the south are more red while the ones here in Utah are a more ash colored. They are only about 5-6 inches in height, one of our smallest owls. 2d

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c_losc Ever heard the trumpeting call of a Sandhill Crane? Their calls are deep and can travel long distances. Whether in flight or in their elegant dances, nothing is more welcoming in an open wetland or grassland than the call of a Sandhill Crane. 3d

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c_losc It has taken me almost 4 years to find and photograph a Saw Whet Owl. A couple nights a go the wait was finally over. This little owl was photographed at about midnight at over 9500 feet in elevation in our beautiful Utah mountains. 4d

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c_losc A Burrowing Owl takes flight from the top of rabbit brush in Northern Utah. Life is very busy for owls right now as most of them have many young to feed. No time for posing, time to hunt!! 5d

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c_losc A Sandhill Crane preening herself. Photographed in Heber Valley Utah. 6d

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c_losc An American Bald Eagle enjoying the morning sunshine over a pond in Central Utah. 1w

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c_losc A Short-eared Owl flies across an open grassland in search of food on a foggy morning in Utah. This vast landscape provides plenty of places for rodents to hide and breed, the owls along with other raptors take advantage of the bounty. In this open landscape Northern Harriers and Hawks compete with the Owls and often get into squabbles that are fascinating to watch. 1w

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c_losc Portrait of a wild American Bald Eagle photographed in Utah. I hope everyone had a nice Memorial Day with your loved ones. 1w

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c_losc Yesterday morning I set out with my good friend @alanfullmer at 5am to go and find Short-eared Owls. 3 1/2 years of searching and many missed opportunities later I finally saw and photographed my first Shortie. This was the first picture snapped as I realized what was in my viewfinder. All of the pictures I was able to get were very distant but what a morning!! We saw 6 owls hunting and flying in early morning light. Photographed in Utah's west desert. 1w

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c_losc Broad-tailed Hummingbirds are masters of thermoregulation, on cold nights they enter a slowed metabolic state and drop there body temperature to about 54 degrees F. to conserve energy. 2w

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c_losc Tree Swallows are incredible aerialists! They chase flying insects at very fast speeds, capturing them in flight has proven to be one of the toughest things I have ever tried to photograph. 2w

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c_losc The Daytime Hunter- Burrowing Owl photographed in Utah's West Desert. 2w

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c_losc A Western Meadowlark takes to the air like a torpedo. Photographed near American Fork Canyon Utah. 2w

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c_losc A Tree Swallow banks as it flys on a rainy spring morning over a small pond in Deer Valley Utah. Swallows feed on the wing, meaning they catch food mid air as they race through the air over water sources. 2w

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c_losc A Swainsons Hawk scans a road for rodents from the top of a light post. These Hawks come from Argentina to breed here in the north, I think they are the bravest and most exciting hawk to watch and photograph, they would prefer to scream their raspy call at you then to fly away to another perch when approached. 2w

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c_losc A Bobolink in breeding plumage sings in the early morning in Utah's west desert. 2w

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c_losc A male Burrowing Owl takes flight from some sage brush in Northern Utah. 3w

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c_losc Have you ever seen an owl expel a pellet?

Owls have excellent sight and excellent hearing but they do have some weakness. Because they have weak bills they have to swallow their prey whole. Compared to other birds they also have mild stomach acids and thus they can't digest bones, feathers and fur well. Their bodies extract the nutrients from their food and form a pellet inside the owl. When an owl is getting ready to go and hunt it regurgitates the pellet by contracting his stomach muscles.
Pellets not only assist in researching what owls eat but they also provide sustenance to other animals such as the larvae of moths.
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