As I went into the kitchen, which looks out on said water feature, wow! There stood a beautiful Barred Owl readying for a bath. Remarkably this top-of-the-food-chain predator (except of the Great Horned Owl) hesitated and looked around as if to judge if it was safe to bathe, just as a song bird would. While all this preparation was taking place I sneaked off to the living room where I had a camera bag, assembled my gear, and then crept up behind a chair. Nevertheless the owl riveted its coal black eyes on my slinking and furtive movements while it was in the bath.
I had to shoot through glass into early morning shade, and then increase exposure two stops, but here are the results.
|Note the owl garden statuary behind and in the lower right|
|Still looking around|
|Never taking its eyes off me|
|Done; time to go.|