02 Aug 16. While out walking one morning about 9 weeks ago we noticed a large bird moving from tree to tree. Eventually we got a lock on it and it turned out to be a Barred Owl. This individual is a local resident and we have seen it off and on for the last couple of years. They are fun to watch both perched and flying, especially when flying as they make absolutely no sound. And when sitting perched on a tree limb they tend to blend in quite well. As a school child I remember well the teaching that animals see in B&W, but in the last couple of decades I know that there is no longer agreement on that subject. I'm not sure what is driving the debate, but I would be interested in learning the actual science behind it, if any, and wouldn't be totally surprised if it is something besides solid science driving the discussion. Now you know the photo is of an owl, but if you hadn't read this first I'll wager that you might have a feeling for just how well they blend in with their environment. This individual will sit for a prolonged period of time letting you shoot away as long as you don't make any loud sounds and rapid movements in its direction. A couple years back I shared a color shot of this critter perched on a branch of a fir tree in our back yard; this time around it is in B&W and the bird was at the very end of the drive. We don't always have to go to Yellowstone to get critter shots.
I've cropped the image a significant amount to feature the bird prominently, but I likely should have shared the full frame so you could see the bird/environment interaction better. Nikon D300s; 18 - 200; Aperture Priority; ISO 800; 1/125 sec @ f / 6.3.