Painting Tropical Birds

He’s Watching You!

I have been painting these small burrowing owls for many years. This time I painted one on a decorator pillow. They are only 6-8 inches tall and live only in specific places in Florida. Burrowing owls are a protected and no one is permitted to bother them or destroy their home.

They mate for life and return to their burrow each year to have another family. Volunteers sign up to cut the grass that grows around their burrow, which is surrounded by a rope connected to corner stakes. They have been known to make a lot of noise or fly around if someone gets too close.