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Paul Bannick  Award-winning author/photographer of bestsellers Owl: AYearInTheLivesOfNorthAmericanOwls”/“TheOwlAndTheWoodpecker”|A Director@ConservationNorthwest.

Rapid Stamping Display
During his "Rapid-Stamping" display, the male Willow Ptarmigan runs toward the female while slightly fanning his tail, arching his neck and holding his head low with the beak open. Females are usually attracted to males with larger combs (orange red above eyes), and more vigorous courtship displays. @paulbannick @audubonsociety @naturesbestphotomagazine @nature_org @conservationnw @braidedriver @mtnbooks #willowptarmigan #ptarmigan #grouse #bird #birds #arctic #paulbannick #featherperfection #feather_perfection #birdsofparadise #birdsofinstagram #birding #bestofday #bestofbirds #bestbirdshots #alaskawilderness

Flight Display
A male Snowy Owl, lemming in bill, flies with distinctive slow and deliberate wing-beats resulting in an eye-catching bouncing flight across the tundra. The sun reflects light off of the males ivory-colored feathers and hopefully catches the attention of a female. Learn more about owl courtship in my latest book, “Owls: A Year in the Lives of North American Owls” or in my ongoing multimedia owl talks based upon the book.
@paulbannick @audubonsociety @naturesbestphotomagazine @thenatureconservancy_ @braidedriver #bestofday #onlyowls #onlyowls #bestofbirds #ethicalowlphoto #owlayear #paulbannick #snowyowl #snowyowls #owl #owls #arctic #bird #birds #owlsofinstagram #featherperfection #feather_perfection #birdsofparadise #conservationphotography

Red-headed Snowball
A noisy male Willow Ptarmigan drops from the equally white sky and onto the frozen tundra to begin his courtship display. Male Willow Ptarmigan (also known as the Willow Grouse and Red Grouse in Europe) are distinguished from females by their reddish colored head and orange red wattles (combs) above the eyes. The combs are enlarged during courtship and in defense of territory. @paulbannick @audubonsociety @braidedriver @naturesbestphotomagazine #paulbannick #bestofbirds #birds #best_birds_of_ig #birdsofparadise #bestofinstagram #bird #featherperfection #grouse #ptarmigan #willowptarmigan #ptarmigan #arctic #conservationphotography #braidedriver #birdsinflight #bestofday #bestofinstagram

Snag Surprises
A female Northern Hawk Owl warms her eggs. Northern Hawk Owls and several other species of owls deposit their eggs directly in the depressions atop of “standing dead trees”, also known as “snags”. Other owls deposit their eggs in woodpecker created or natural cavities in these invaluable dead trees. Unfortunately many campers, wood collectors and landowners remove or fell snags without appreciating how critical they are for wildlife. Learn more about more about snags and see many other photos of owls utilizing “standing dead trees” in my latest book, “Owls: A Year in the Lives of North American Owls”

Note: All of my images taken at or near nests are taken from a great distance with a 600mm lens plus 1.4 converter and cropped to avoid leaving scents or changing behavior. @paulbannick #owlayear @audubonsociety @naturesbestphotomagazine @conservationnw @thenatureconservancy_ #hawkowl #hawkowls #owl #owls #owlsofinstagram #bird #birds #best_birds_of_ig #birdsofparadise #featherperfection #snag #snags #ethicalowlphoto #onlyowls @braidedriver @mtnbooks

Facing an Uncertain Future
Two Cactus Ferruginous Pygmy-Owl nestlings await a parent and food at the entrance to their nest cavity. Fewer than a dozen breeding pairs of these fascinating owls have been found in recent surveys of appropriate habitat in their US habitat, all of which is in the Sonoran Desert of southern Arizona. Development in their dry-wash riparian ecosystems over the past few decades as fragmented their habitat, which isolates potential breeding owls. Long-term drought has exasperated the problem. Learn more about owls of the Sonoran Desert and other North American owl habitats in my latest book, “Owl: A Year In The Lives of North American Owls”
Note: All of my images feature wild animals in their habitat. No images have been edited, and all of my images taken at or near nests are taken from within a blind and from a great distance to avoid leaving scents or changing behavior. @paulbannick #paulbannick #owlayear #bestofbirds #birds #best_birds_of_ig #birdsofparadise #bestofinstagram #owl #owls #owlsofinstagram @ethicalowlphotos @onlyowls @braidedriver @mtnbooks @audubonsociety #bird #cactusowl #pygmyowl #pygmyowls #babyowl #thenatureconservancy @thenatureconservancy_

Family Size and Food Supplies: Northern Hawk Owls
A female Northern Hawk Owl pauses after delivering prey to her still unsatisfied fledgling. Northern Hawk Owls commonly have one to seven hungry youngsters that keep the parents busy for several months. Learn more about the breeding strategies of our North American owl species in my latest book, “Owls: A Year in the Lives of North American Owls” or in my ongoing multimedia owl talks based upon the book.
Note: All of my images feature wild animals in their habitat. No images have been edited, and none of the subjects have been baited.. Should there be an exception to these conditions they would be noted. All of my images taken at or near nests are taken from within a blind and from a great distance to avoid leaving scents or changing behavior. @paulbannick #paulbannick #owlayear #hawkowl #hawkowls #northernhawkowls #northernhawkowl #owl #owls #owlsofinstagram #bird #birds #birdsofparadise #bestofbirds #best_birds_of_ig #birdsofparadise #bestofinstagram @audubonsociety @naturesbestphotomagazine @onlyowls @mtnbooks @ethicalowlphotos @braidedriver #featherperfection

Family Size and Food Supplies
Ten young Burrowing Owl nestlings peer from their nest. If you look closely you can see that each is of a different age. Burrowing Owls are among several species that lay more eggs when food is plentiful and may not produce any when food is scarce. These species often begin incubating immediately but may lay more eggs every 1-3 days, resulting in young of varying ages. Learn more about the breeding strategies of our North American owl species in my latest book, “Owls: A Year in the Lives of North American Owls” or in my ongoing multimedia owl talks based upon the book.
Note: All of my images feature wild animals in their habitat. No images have been edited, and none of the subjects have been baited.. Should there be an exception to these conditions they would be noted. All of my images taken at or near nests are taken from within a blind and from a great distance to avoid leaving scents or changing behavior. @paulbannick @audubonsociety @naturesbestphotomagazine @braidedriver @mtnbooks #bestofinstagram #conservationphotography #birdphotography #burrowingowls #burrowingowl #owls #owl @ethicalowlphotos @onlyowls #bird #birds #birdsofparadise #featherperfection #bestofbirds #bestofinstagram #best_birds_of_ig @conservationnw #paulbannick #owlayear

Long Legs and Short Grass
Seven young Burrowing Owls await the delivery of prey at the edge of their nest burrow. Burrowing Owls are denizens of our Sage-lands and Grasslands where they nest in and retreat to burrows dug by Badgers, Prairie Dogs and other animals. In contrast to Short-eared Owls, they require areas with short-grass where they parents can see the approach of predators and the edges of the burrow from afar. These landscapes are also in high demand for farming, ranching and conversion for to other uses. As a result most of the owls of our interior are considered “species of concern”. Learn more about owls and our sage and agricultural lands in my latest book, “Owls: A Year in the Lives of North American Owls” or in my ongoing multimedia owl talks based upon the book.
Note: All of my images feature wild animals in their habitat. No images have been edited, and none of the subjects have been baited.. Should there be an exception to these conditions they would be noted. All of my images taken at or near nests are taken from within a blind and from a great distance to avoid leaving scents or changing behavior. @paulbannick #paulbannick #owlayear @audubonsociety @naturesbestphotomagazine #burrowingowl #burrowingowls #owlsofinstagram #owl #owls #bird #birds #birdsofinstagram #braidedriver #mountaineersbooks @conservationnw #sagebrush #onlyowls #ethicalowlphoto #feather_perfection #bestofday #bestofinstagram

The Owl and The Woodpecker: Mobbing
A Northern Yellow-shafted Flicker male joins a group of songbirds in confronting and attempting to drive off a Northern Hawk Owl. Several species of birds will often band together in these “mobbings”, both to make owls and other raptors leave and to teach younger more inexperienced birds about the danger posed by these predators.
Learn more about the interactions between owls and woodpeckers in my first book, “The Owl and The Woodpecker: Encounters with North America’s Most Iconic Birds” @paulbannick #paulbannick #owlayear #flicker #woodpecker #woodpeckers #woodpeckersofinstagram #northernflicker #northernflickers #yellowshaftedflicker #bird #birds #birdsofinstagram #birdsofparadise #featherperfection #birddisplays #bestofday #bestofinstagram @audubonsociety @naturesbestphotomagazine #conservationphotography #birdphotography #mountaineersbooks #braidedriver

Home in a Hole
Four Burrowing Owl nestlings emerge from their Burrow at dusk. Burrowing Owls rely upon Prairie Dogs, Ground Squirrels, Skunks and in this case Badgers to create the tunnels that provide a cool refuge from heat and a safe retreat from many predators.
Learn more about the life history of Burrowing Owls and the 18 other North American species in my latest book: Owl: A Year in the Lives of North American Owls

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