I love this photo of Square, a Great-horned Owlet (Bubo virginianus), awaiting his “morning” repast conveyed by his mother. He and his sister would perch in squat mesquite trees as Mom and Dad snared the usual desert cottontails (Sylvilagus audubonii) and round-tailed ground squirrels (Xerospermophilus tereticaudus). His expression is quite anticipatory, no doubt quickened by his diurnal fast, but because his parents are such effective hunters, he shan’t endure any prolonged hunger.
My favorite features of this photo by far, however, are those feet. Just check out those magnificent flocculent mukluks that seem to emerge directly from his belly—no legs required!
Arizona, U.S. | 1/320 | F6.3 | ISO 320 | 180mm
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