Salton Sea, CA, United States
I have been photographing this family of Burrowing Owls for a couple of years, so the parents are quite tolerant of me. They go about hunting, feeding, and grooming their chicks totally oblivious of my presence. This is one of the first images I captured this season with the chicks about 2 weeks after emerging from the burrow. The sun had just peaked behind a distant mountains and produced a wonderfully warm red glow that bathed the owls and their natural habitat. The rising sun in the chick’s eyes promised a new dawn and a new life for the family.