What is the cause for alarm? Humans? Nope, those pesky magpies.
This beautiful owl was quite comfortable with me photographing it from a respectable distance. Unfortunately for it, magpies and taken note of its presence and were raising quite a ruckus. While their harassment was largely in the form of making a lot of noise at the long eared bird, a couple did take dives at it, trying to drive it off.
The owl really presents little threat to the other birds, instead focusing on rodents for its primary food source. That, however, did not put the magpies at ease.