Imperial County, California, US
Under known roost site of the species in a California Fan Palm.
Flew out of tree right at me. Couldn't react fast enough to pull back on zoom, but was able to get this shot.
Quick iPhone snapshot while at the gate.
Periferia Presa Constitución 1917. San Juan del Río, Querétaro. Laura Uribe, Grupo Vasconcelos.
Barn Owl in a tree in the back garden. It was watching our cat as he came across the roof and in the window.
Barn-owls (family Tytonidae) are one of the two families of owls, the other being the true owls, Strigidae. They are medium to large sized owls with large heads and characteristic heart-shaped faces. They have long, strong legs with powerful talons. They also differ from Strigidae in structural details relating in particular to the sternum and feet.