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Burrowing owl defense display at a desert tortoise burrow

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A photo of a burrowing owl defense display at an Agassiz’s desert tortoise (Gopherus agassizii) burrow. Photo taken during remote camera trap monitoring of tortoise burrows on a wind energy facility Palm Springs, California, USA. The study, led by the USGS Southwest Biological Science Center, investigated bird use of desert tortoise burrows.


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Photo courtesy of USGS Southwest Biological Science Center, Shellie Puffer.