Go to The Atlantic for their photographic essay celebrating superb owls. (Click to enlarge.)
A burrowing owl rests on the ninth hole of the Olympic golf course near its nest in a sand bunker during a practice round for the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on August 5, 2016.
A pair of Great Grey Owls or Lapland Owls sits inside an open air cage at the Royev Ruchey zoo in Russia’s Siberian city of Krasnoyarsk, on October 6, 2011.
Boulder County Sheriff’s Deputy Sophie Berman crouches over a small owl, for a brief encounter before the bird flew away, near Rainbow Lakes, outside Nederland, Colorado, on July 21, 2015