This could be the coolest critter I've photographed. A Northern Pygmy Owl. It's about the size of your fist and weighs about 2 ounces. Tiny little bugger. I feel lucky to have seen this little guy and hope I get another chance to get a little closer someday. [simage=638,800,n,center,]

I wish the blue skies hadn't disappeared so fast


A false set of eyes in the back of his head. Presumably to dissuade predators from attacking him. Pretty cool.


So cute, I'd love to have one as a pet. Except that they are described as ferocious and will attack prey twice as big as themselves.