The Barred owl is such a pretty bird. We have three of them in our backyard as well. In fact, as I type this, our favorite owl, Eclipse, (he comes by so often that my family and I gave him a name xD) is outside in his usual branch, sleeping Not only that, but this is such a lovely picture. The owl was looking right at you as you took it :3
Thank you very much. I had never seen an owl in the wild until the fall of 2012. I don't know if it is because I am becoming more aware of my surroundings or if they are becoming more popular to my area. Whatever the case may be I know I am fortunate to see them.
Those eyes are somewhat hypnotic. I'd be transfixed where I stood in the woods. A wild deer had that effect on me whilst walking through ancient woodland in France. It was a mystical experience. Thank you for this photograph.