18th Annual Smithsonian Magazine Photo Contest Natural World
This Owl Looks Like He's Smiling

I picked up photography as a hobby when the pandemic forced us to stay close to home. During my morning walks I noticed there were burrowing owls living in our neighborhood park. I started taking photos of them each morning. They were an ideal subject for me to learn how to use my camera, shoot photos in different light, and photograph animals. Not only do they look like potatoes with sticks for legs, but they are full of personality. The pattern in the feathers below the beak on the one in this photo almost look like an ear-to-ear smile. There's such joy in this photo. You can't help but smile when you see it. We can use a little more of that in the world right now. This is one of nearly three thousand burrowing owl photos I've taken in 2020.

Photo Detail
Date Taken: 08.2020
Date Uploaded: 11.2020
Photo Location: Cooper City, Florida, United States of America
Camera: Canon EOS REBEL T3
Copyright: © Kirk Englehardt