Barred Owl

The Reiffel Bird Sanctuary is close to us and we probably should visit it more often. We usually return home with one or more really pleasing photographs. There are owls there, but you have to be lucky to find them, let alone find them with such a nice clear view, as they often hide in the trees with branches and leaves between them and cameras. This one was posing nicely, although in the deep shade. This picture is helped with the use of HDR software to greatly reduce the contrast between the bird and the background.