I was lucky enough to secure a spot on the Birds of Prey excursion with
Loudoun Wildlife Conservancy this past weekend. Things began a little slowly, but the afternoon findings more than compensated. I picked up my first Great Horned Owl (thanks to Liam and Laura!), and we had extended and indescribably beautiful views of multiple Short-eared Owls and Northern Harriers. (Extra pic included to illustrate just how excellently the Great Horn uses its camouflage.)
There was much gasping from the spectators, you better believe it. There were also extreme measures taken--craning and straining necks, peeking out of sunroofs, crawling on the floors--by those of us in backseats to get good views. It was all worth it because it was a great day.