I photographed a Barred Owl yesterday at the Sequoyah National Wildlife Refuge in Oklahoma. The Owl had its wings drooping trying to catch the first sunlight of the morning. It's not too often you catch a Barred Owl sunbathing. It has been raining in this area what seems like a long time. I was enjoying the sun myself yesterday.
Here is a good article on why birds sunbathe: Why do birds sunbathe?
This Barred Owl was located on the paved road leading to the Sandtown area. I have seen one at the beginning of this road for the past couple of years. This one didn't seem to care about vehicles in the area and I was able to spend several minutes with it.
The Sequoyah National Wildlife Refuge has several pairs of Barred Owls. I have been able to get my best photos of these birds at this refuge.
Barred Owl - Sequoyah National Wildlife Refuge - Oklahoma