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spotted on a low oak branch beside a truck path through the woods
This owl was uncharacteristicly hunting in the late afternoon. We had seen him earlier in the day resting high in the dense trees. I walked down the path later and he was on a broken branch 10 or so feet off the ground. I was able to approach within 15 or 20 feet; he looked at me twice and went about his business. Every couple of minutes he would fall like a feathered stone to the leaf litter under the trees (presumably for lizards and skinks abundant there), then fly back to his perch.