Sometimes photographers don’t have to work too hard to make their subjects look nice. Such was the case with this handsome fellow. Barn Owls are rarely seen out in the open so when I was given the opportunity to spend some time with one, I seized on it.
Cupid is two years old and was captive bred for educational programs. I was able to capture images from just about every angle and of every pose imaginable. For this shot, the owl itself coupled with the texture of the wood and those always beautiful, blue Colorado skies really made for a nice capture.
These medium-sized owls can be found across most of the globe, including the contiguous United States. They typically remain out of sight roosting in tree cavities, dense stands of trees and of course barns and other buildings.