I wish I could say I found this little screech owl out in the woods, but, no. "Pumpkin" lives at Wildlife Safari where my husband and I volunteer. In the early morning she likes to bask in the sunshine. There is glass between us and she is used to people standing only inches away. This morning I couldn't resist pausing to sketch her.
While I was sketching a keeper entered the space Pumpkin shares with a tortoise. Even though the keeper was farther away from her than I was, the little owl skinnied down and glared at the intrusion. Soon after the keeper left she fluffed back up and continued sunning. I find it interesting that Pumpkin is very aware of the protection a glass wall offers.
I've taken on a challenge to draw at least one pen and ink drawing per day (no pencil first!) for 75 days. I've gotten away from sketching directly with a pen and I do believe it is excellent practice. This is #2.