Ferruginous Pygmy Owl. North Americas rarest owl. TX. One of 17 owl species I saw and photographed in a 12 month span from Jan 9th 2017 to Jan 9th 2018 for my book project to see and ethically photograph every North American owl species in a single year. I fell 3 short on the year but got my 17th to start 2018. I hope to catch my last 2, later this year. #ferruginouspygmyowl#owls#ethicalowlphoto
Why does Audubon care about a wall when birds can fly? Consider the Ferruginous Pygmy Owl, these non migratory birds on average fly 4.5 feet above the ground. This poses a major concern since the US-Mexico border wall is set to be an average of 13 feet high and 18 feet at #santaanawildliferefuge Scientists at UC Berkeley and University of Arizona argue that the border wall will limit reproduction and genetic sharing from southern pygmy owl communities, two factors vital for the populations sustainability. Photo by: Charles Murphy/Audubon Photography Awards. #conservationbiology#pygmyowl#ferruginouspygmyowl#owls#birdphotography#savesanaana#noborderwall#birdtheborder
A fledgling Ferruginous Pygmy-Owl attempts to climb into the canopy of a tree and away from potential predators. Although some forest owls fledge from their nests with an awkward flutter, the vast majority are days if not weeks away from flying from a standing position. They must climb off of the ground and into denser foliage to evade potential predators.
To learn more about how young owls move from fledging to adulthood, see the "Gaining Independence" chapter in my latest book, "Owl: A Year in the Lives of North American Owls" #ferruginouspygmyowl#owl#owls#bird#birds#birdsofinstagram@paulbannick
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