A Short-eared Owl glides across a Montana grassland.
Behind the lens.
I was helping my good friend, Kuenhi, with the fieldwork for his master's degree on Ring-necked Pheasants, at a USF&WS Wildlife Refuge here in Montana. We were slowly walking the fields, parting the grass with long sticks to look for pheasant nests. Once found, Kuenhi would take all manner of measurements for one egg, and then we would cover the nest and move on as quickly as possible. Short-eared Owls are also ground nesters, and we must have passed close to her nest as she hovered above us for a few moments. But we moved on, and she went back to hunting.
birdowlShorteared OwlflightMontanaJohn Ashley