Sunday, February 28, 2010

Burrowing Owl-Salton Sea California

I found this Burrowing Owl along an irrigation ditch in California. It was near an artificial burrow consisting of a pipe extending underground to a plastic Box. I usually photograph Burrowing Owls here in Idaho and in some places biologists have placed similar artificial burrows which the owls use to raise their young. These owls often have large families and may raise up to ten babies a season. Generally when birds or mammals have large numbers of young, it means that they are subject to many hazards in life, and they compensate by producing many offspring.


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