Shutterbug Photo of the Day: “Long Eared Owl” by Justin Cale

Our Shutterbug Photo of the Day by Justin Cale is a beautiful portrait of a comical looking owl.

“Long Eared Owls can be pretty elusive where I live," Cale writes. "While exploring a local metro park one day with a friend, he heard a group of Golden Crowned Kinglets calling out. I entered a dense copse of pine trees, and was incredibly surprised to come face to face with this Long Eared Owl! It was at eye level, and looking into its eyes was an amazing experience. I think it was just as surprised to see me too, but it remained calm and didn't show signs of stress, so I snapped a couple photos and stepped away."

This image was captured with a Canon 6D DSLR and a Tamron 150-600mm lens.

See a larger version of the photo in the Shutterbug Photo of the Day gallery here.

If you want to enter Shutterbug Photo of the Day, post an image in the Shutterbug Photo of the Day Gallery and include your real name and some background on the image (how and where it was shot; the story behind the image; gear and settings used etc.) in the description field to qualify.

We will select one Shutterbug Photo of the Day image every month to run as a full-page feature in the magazine.