This past weekend after completing a family shoot with a young couple and their dogs we were packing up to leave when a passer by told us about a couple of owls up in the trees. We looked up and saw a great horned owl lit up with sunlight as the sun was setting. WOW! It was really cool - I have to say I was excited to see the owl sitting way up in the tree - I've only seen a few owls in the wild since they are night time critters.
After taking a lot of photographs and seeing that the owl seemed to have his one eye closed, I came to the conclusion that perhaps the sun was in his (or her) eye and hence that eye was closed. I'm not sure if the photograph below the owl was yawning or screeching, but either way I caught the owl with it's mouth wide open!
There was another owl close by but it was hidden among the tree branches in another oak tree.