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Burrowing owl        Images © Mark A. Chappell

Burrowing owls are attractive and personable little birds that have experienced drastic population declines in much of their range, especially in California.   The Imperial Valley is one of their remaining strongholds, and most of these birds were living in tunnels along farm roads west and south of the small town of Niland.  The crouching bird immediately below was at the San Jacinto Wildlife Area near Riverside.  Other images of burrowing owls are here.

  • digital captures, Canon 10D, 7D, or 1D4; 500 mm IS lens and 1.4X or 2X converter, or 800 mm IS lens, fill-in flash (2004, 2010, 2012, 2013)