Thanks to a couple of friends of mine who directed me to this Burrowing Owl that was hanging around some rock piles near Matagorda Beach.
The early morning bright sunshine he was facing prevented him from opening his eyes fully! I had the dickens of a time finding him because this owl is only about 5 inches tall and his feathering helped him blend right into the rocks! But, luckily, I found the little guy and he was most accommodating! :))
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