The Galapagos Owls are very difficult to see. They are not very large and they blend in perfectly with the lava terrain. This one was sitting down in a lava crevice when we first spotted it. It eventually came out more in the open and I was able to get this image of it.
We thought we saw a few other owls as we continued our hike but it wasn’t apparent whether there were several owls or just one or two moving around. In any case, I was very fortunate to also get a shot off with the owl taking off. I clipped his wings a little but that disappointment was somewhat lessened by the fact that I was the only one on our boat that got a decent in flight photo. These are also my first owl photos of any kind (an owl virgin?) so I enjoyed that also.