Another Owl Story

Another Owl Story
Patty, Coco and I were almost home from a canoe trip on Upper Klamath Lake when I spotted this bird. It didn't look real so I had to ask Patty if she was seeing what I saw. When she confirmed it was indeed a barn owl, it was time to get busy.
Approaching raptors of any sort is tricky business. For the most part, they want nothing to do with the human race. The best course of action is to stay in your vehicle and shoot from there………
This was among my first shots of a spectacular bird. Although we were parked fairly close, it could care less.
After 45 minutes of waiting for this bird to just turn it's head for one photograph, I decided it was time to do something I've never done before, approach on foot. To find a barn owl out in broad daylight is almost unheard of and I was determined to make the most of this opportunity. Over the course of about 15 minutes, I gained about fifteen yards(you have to move slowly and low to the ground) and was now leaning against the same barbed wire fence this bird was perched on(ouch!).
It was then the bird acknowledged me. As far as I could tell, this pose was meant to intimidate me.
My shutter finger was out of control and I rattled off about 50 shots and then decided to try a different angle. I thought the storm clouds could make for a nice back round and prayed the bird would cooperate.
Wow…..did it cooperate!  The longer I photograph wildlife, the more it takes to get me excited, but at this point, I was freaking out! A new masterpiece!
Finally, the bird seemed satisfied with our photo shoot and lazily took off over a farm field. I returned to the car where Patty and Coco had been patiently waiting. They had been sitting in the car for close to an hour in 90 degree heat with no air conditioning or breeze. Coco was panting hard enough to shake the car and Patty's bladder was ready to burst. Gosh, they're great!