If it wasn't already obvious by looking through my images, I really love owls, and this was one of the first I've photographed. In late fall of 2014, I got word that a Barred Owl was hanging around the same general area of Plum Island every afternoon, so I jumped at the chance to use my new telephoto lens on my favorite animal.
Late in the day, this beautiful owl flew in close to perch along the treeline, scanning the ground for dinner. I remember being so excited- it was perched so close I couldn't even fit the entire bird in my frame, my hands were shaking trying to lock down my tripod and dial in my camera settings. Just before the last light faded, the owl turned to look over it's shoulder, reflecting the sunset in it's eye.