By the time I arrived at Myakka River State Park last Friday evening, it was already dusk and I didn't expect any real photo opportunities. Then, I spotted a family standing next to a truck pointing up at the trees. Curiosity getting the best of me, I pulled over. As I grabbed my camera gear from the trunk, I heard the distinct call of a barred owl. Sure enough, one owl could be seen roosting adjacent to the road. (Several others were nearby but could only be heard.) Just enough daylight remained to squeeze out a fairly decent shot (with the ISO cranked all the way up and the camera on a tripod). The family was really nice and we speculated 3-4 barred owls were nearby. All of us (from a grandpa to a youngster under 10) were captivated by the owls' calls. In fact, every time they caterwauled, our eyes grew big and we all giggled -- because we were so surprised by the unusual sounds. If you'd like to hear it, I recorded a bit with my iPhone. Just click here. I've never heard so many owls -- with such a variety of calls. What a hoot! And, what a great, unexpected encounter.