I have always wanted to do this — get close enough to a wild raptor to take a close-up photo. I marvel at people that can find owls when it is light enough to take their photo; I rarely see them at all, and if I do, it’s too dark to photograph. But today was my day.
I saw a Barred Owl fly into a bush about 100 feet away — cardinals, chickadees and blue jays fussed for a few minutes about this, but then gave up trying to chase the owl away and flew off.
Doing my best imitation of a stalker, I slowly crept toward the owl, going from a photo op like this:
to one like this (with the help of 400 mm magnification):
The owl was so unconcerned about my presence, in fact, that it proceeded to take a nap.
And thus, I got my head shot, with some cropping and zooming.