Tony Mistretta

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Burrowing Owl

Burrowing Owl

Burrowing owls are native to Southwest Florida. This male was guarding his underground nest, and I used a telephoto lens so as not to get too close. His nest was in a sandy field in a residential area, so he is fairly used to people and comfortable as long as they keep their distance. His female partner was in the nest below, and also made a brief appearance while I was there. The bright orange and green background was made up of grass that was well blurred and warmed by the early morning sunlight.

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