Borrowing Owl, Sunrise, Florida, USA, by Fabian Michelangeli

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I live in a community for people 55 and over years of age. My apartment building sits in the middle of a golf course. There are no backyards or gardens in this complex but the golf course with its beautifully manicured greens and water channels and ponds functions as my backyard and provides a site for southern Florida wildlife, mostly birds (ducks, geese, ibises, herons, borrowing owls and lots of passerine birds) but also including fish, turtles, iguanas and the occasional alligator or raccoon. There are usually 4 or 5 active borrowing owl nests that I usually visit around sunset when the golfers are gone. I love the way the owls, standing on one leg scrutinize the horizon for lizards and other small prey turning their heads over 180 degrees with their yellow eyes widely open. Borrowing owls are protected under state and US federal law. This picture was taken during the Covid19 lockdown when the golf course was closed to players.

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