Title: On One Leg
Location & Date: Grasslands National Park, Saskatchewan | 2015
Camera Set-Up: Nikon D800 w/ 200-400mm @ 400mm
Shutter Speed: 1/800th
Megan Lorenz, friend and photographer extraordinaire, has taken the best photos of burrowing owls you’ll ever find – and rightfully so, given the time she’s put into documenting the species. But going into 2015, Jill and I were simply hoping to find one in the wild. Though we know roughly where burrowing owls can be found in Canada, they are endangered and have never really felt lucky. Thankfully we were wrong. One evening in Grasslands National Park in southern Saskatchewan, Jill and I were looking for foxes and badgers when we stumbled across the small owl sitting on a rock next to the road. Apparently burrowing owls are making a comeback in the park (which makes sense given the prairie dog towns) but we were still amazed to find the owl so close, perched on one leg. After 30 seconds of scramble photography, the owl took off and disappeared, leaving us with an image that won’t rival our friend’s shots, but certainly whetted our appetite to spend more time searching for burrowing owls in the years to come.