The barn owl in the photo was a rehab animal that some wildlife rehabber friends of mine had put in an old barn on Cockspur Island where I Rangered. The idea was to acclimate the animals (there were actually two) back to life in the wild, and what better place than an old storage barn in a national park. They did not tell me what was in the barn, just that I should go check it out.
So I really did get the whole "surprise" effect in a dark barn, but it wasn't my barn on my piece of Pure Florida. I wish! I have never seen a barn owl, just barred owls on my property.
I didn't want any of my readers to think it was a zoo shot with a made up story. All the photos...fuzzy or sharp, on Pure Florida are taken by me. No stocks, no stolens, no zoo shots unless the post is about a zoo!
Stories here are true. Photos are real. Life in Pure Florida is too rich to have to fake it.