Ralph Baracz caught this barred owl on camera during daylight hours when going outside to grill at his home in the Gravois area. He and wife Diana were impressed by the beautiful bird perched on their patio furniture and decided to share the photo.
A barred owl usually forages at night but will sometimes fly during the day as well. It is a common permanent resident of Missouri, particularly of the Ozarks as this type of owl resides along forested streams, lakes, river and swamps and prefers deep woods with big timber.
Though not a common sight due its nocturnal habits, it can often be heard here at the Lake of the Ozarks and, according to the Missouri Dept. of Conservation, can easily be identified by its hoot: "hoo hoo hoohoo, hoo hoo hoohooahh," also described as "Who cooks for you, who cooks for you all?"