I photographed this guy a couple of years ago at Potter Park Zoo. A group of members from our local photography club were invited to come out and photograph some birds of prey, and I couldn't pass up that opportunity! Several of the zoo's docents held on to the birds for us so we could get a good look at them.
I entered this photo in the annual spring competition by Photographer's Forum Magazine, and I was pleasantly surprised to be chosen as one of the finalists! As a result, this photo was printed in their annual hardcover publication that year.
I don't usually photograph owls, or birds in general, but this was a wonderful experience - one that I will never forget!