Alt title: "I'm not grumpy!"
A tip from some walkers led me to search out this diminutive Owl species...one I had never seen before. After several failed attempts, I finally I took a walk on my lunch break when there was less human/dog/horse/bike traffic. As soon as I arrived at the rumored nest area I was instantly rewarded with this scowling visage. I took a few snaps, moved in, took a few more and moved in again, approaching to within about 20', then I guess that was pushing it a bit and it flew off about 60' away. I was pretty happy with the image I got, so I gave it a rest and went back to work...mission accomplished!
BTW: This is my first post from my new D7000 :-)