Approx. 45 miles NW of Roanoke, VA
Canon Powershot SX50 HS, 215 mm, f/6.5, 1/160 sec, ISO 640
This Eastern Screech Owl has nested in a box on our property for several years, and raised several clutches of young. On this day it had been sunning itself in the box entry, but pulled back when it saw me. I took many shots of the owl, but none were engaging because the bird stayed back in the box. Suddenly it popped up near the entrance, eyeing me and providing this shot. I love the way the old nail and owl's eye fall almost perfectly on the 'golden spiral.'