In today’s final Trip Report from my excursion to the High Plains of North and South Dakota I’m going to focus entirely on a family of Burrowing Owls I watched and photographed in Badlands National Park in South Dakota. I found this group of owls on the morning of my second day in the Badlands and I returned that evening and the third morning to continue to photograph their behavior. These young owls did not seem to care much that I was there, but I was sure to keep a good distance from them as not to disturb them. Occasionally, one or more would appear to close their eyes and almost nap so I was glad that they were comfortable and not stressed. Because of this I was able to watch them interact in their natural surroundings. They hunted bugs, played, ate food that their parents brought back and watched their close neighbors, the prairie dogs. I took hundreds of photographs of them, but below are my favorite 11 of the bunch. They were a lot of fun to watch and capture on camera and had large personalities for such little critters.
Trip Report 1: Journey to the Badlands of North and South Dakota – Landscapes
Trip Report 2: Close-Up Details of Theodore Roosevelt National Park
Trip Report 3: Journey to the Badlands of North and South Dakota – Wildlife
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