Owl chick stares straight down the photographer by Hisham Atallah (8 images)

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A determined-looking burrowing owl chick stares straight down the camera and spreads its wings as it takes flight. Hisham Atallah caught the bird's eye when he was taking photos in the American city of Cape Coral, Florida, which is home to 2,000 burrows of small owls in its parks and even the back gardens of homes.

The adults of the species are nocturnal and mostly remain within or near their burrows during the day, but chicks use the daylight to practice flying and play with their...
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