This owl was one of many I saw recently at the World of Birds. Most enclosures were open as you walked through, so there were no wires between you and their magnificence.
We had a family friend who played a fun game with my young girls. You close your eyes and put your foreheads together, then shout, “Owl Eyes!” and quickly open your eyes. You see each others eyes, close up, big and merged; just like Owl’s eyes!
You’d think that as you entered each enclosure, all the owls would be instantly visible. However, many times you struggled to see them, and then realised one was sitting right above you, and oh, there were four more over there.
This photo was zoomed in. Imagine the head turned away, or the eye closed, and now spot it!