Another beauty... that lens is serving you well, Ron.
Thanks Herman, the lens is working well, I'm hoping that I can find a 500PF soon. That lens is even lighter than the 200-500 zoom and by virtue of its shorter length, a little bit easier to handle...at least I hope so. Thanks again, I hope you are enjoying your holiday.Post lots more images.
This photo was taken from my car window and that dark patch at the bottom of the frame is asphalt pavement, it's a street! Apparently this burrowing owl family has no worries about a careless driver wandering off the road...a car 12 inches off the pavement would run over the burrow.
Way to go Dennis, good work. Yeah, I wonder about people who do things like that. I just saw an article in the newspaper here about a Florida Panther that had been shot with a rifle, and survived. Makes one wonder, what's the world coming to? As an aside, the easy eagle nest that I shoot a lot, fell down a few days ago. It has fallen in the past and the eagles have rebuilt it. The nest is on some very, very valuable property that the nest has hindered from development, so with the nest down, I'm expecting the property owners to hastily knock the tree down and start building.
I've known for a long time that Burrowing Owls often surround their burrows with mammal fecal droppings. There's long been conjecture among academics and birders as to the reason for this somewhat curious behavior. One theory held that they do it to disguise the scent of their newly hatched chicks in the burrow from predators. Another theory is that they do it to provide food for dung beetles, one of the owl's favorite foods. This photo shows a Burrowing Owl carrying a dung ball that it has wrested from a hard-working dung beetle. I don't know what the owl did with the ball, but the beetles do deposit their eggs inside the balls, which then provide food for the emerging dung beetle larvae.