Owls often seem tolerant of people as long as they have enough area
to forage and nest. This owl was at Veragua in Costa Rica. He flew in
shortly after dark to hunt at the bug lights the research staff had
set up. He seemed absolutely unaffected by us. After taking his picture
we then respectfully left him to his hunting. What a spectacular place
this is for nocturnal wildlife! Veragua is a developing ecotourism/educational
reserve and still fairly unknown by the birders. I'm sure we will hear
much more of this tropical Caribbean reserve in the future.
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