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Photographer to present program on burrowing owls

By Staff | Oct 3, 2011

A presentation will be given Friday for all those who want to learn more about burrowing owls, along with viewing some intimate pictures from a published wildlife photographer.

“I try to capture so many different poses and moments in the life of the little owls,” photographer Dan Tudor said.

The photo and video slide show presentation will be given by Tudor at All Faiths Unitarian Congregation, 2756 McGregor Blvd., at 7 p.m., on Oct. 7. Refreshments of wine and cheese for adults and cookies and apple juice for the children will be served at 6:30 p.m.

The event, which is open to the public, can occupy 125 people due to seating. Those who wish to attend should call All Faiths Unitarian Congregation at 239-226-0900 or email allfaithsuc@embarq-mail.com.

Tudor has given other presentations about the burrowing owl in the past to get people interested and exciting about the bird that mostly resides in Cape Coral. The presentation also informs individuals about the Cape Coral Friends of Wildlife’s annual Burrowing Owl Festival that takes place in February.

“The most important thing is to share my photos of this very interesting, very clever, very beautiful owl,” he said.

Tudor will have some of his photographs for sale at the presentation for a donation.

The hobby began 10 years ago, which since then has turned into Tudor’s passion. He first began taking pictures of ospreys, which changed after he spotted some little owls up the street from where he was.

“They almost immediately captured my heart,” Tudor said.

When he captures the burrowing owl on film, he stays at least 30 feet away from their nest to take pictures. He said he looks at the owl on an intimate level, which is why it took him three years of practice to capture their eyes on film.

Tudor said they have incredibly expressive eyes.

Now he takes as many as 12,000 to 15,000 pictures of the burrowing owls every year, which are mostly captured in Cape Coral at a few of his favorite spots.

Most of the burrowing owls, Tudor said are located north of Pine Island Road.

“It seems to be a new age of the burrowing owls,” he said about the 1,000 owls that are still located in Cape Coral.

The self-taught photographer hopes to learn how to take pictures of the burrowing owls in flight more, along with learning how to use the light where their nests are located.

“If I can share my joy … joy radiates more joy,” Tudor said about this passion of taking pictures of the burrowing owls. “I have a real joy and enthusiasm of what I do and a real strong passion of nature and wildlife.”