“Watching these small burrowing owls is entertaining, and photographing them is a fun challenge,” says Donnell Allen. “I sat in my car for over two hours watching and photographing this particular owl flying around hunting bugs and looking for the perfect abandoned prairie dog hole for him and his mate.
“After eating his fill of bugs, he flew in with this mud clod attached to his claws on one foot. He would drop it, pick it back up, fly it to another spot and repeat. It seemed like he was playing with a toy. His expressions were comical, and I couldn’t help laughing out loud as I was shooting. This shot was one of my favorites as he was looking directly at me, daring me to take his picture. Definitely an enjoyable early morning spent photographing an incredible little creature.”
See more of Donnell Allen’s work at donnellallen.myportfolio.com.
Canon EOS 5D Mark IV, Tamron SP 150-600mm F/5-6.3 Di VC USD G2 at 600mm. Exposure: 1/2500 sec., ƒ/7.1, ISO 500.