Spanning up to just over 6 feet from wingtip to wingtip, Blakiston’s Fish Owls are the world’s largest owls - and one of the rarest. Small populations exist in Siberia, Hokkaido and possibly north-western China. In western Hokkaido, the proprietors of Washi no Yado (The Eagle’s Inn) work with the Ministry of the Environment to foster the success of a pair of owls that nest in the valley of a stream that flows through their property. Guests at the inn have an excellent chance to see and photograph these magnificent birds. Although I processed photos from this shoot in both color and black & white, I felt that the B&W photos made for much better portraits.