• Aperture: ƒ/9
  • Camera: NIKON D4S
  • Taken: 5 December, 2014 15:29
  • Focal length: 700mm
  • ISO: 2500
  • Shutter speed: 1/800 s

The locked gate to the most remote part of Chapada dos Guimaraes National Park is guarded by a family of burrowing owls. A nice welcome I think, but if you drive all the way out here, know that you must make an appointment with the park authorities through a local authorized guide. The park will loan the key to the guide, which in turn must drive back to return them long before sunset.

Burrowing Owl (Athene cunicularia)
One of them had a few toes missing, and seemed most comfortable resting on one leg.