Common Barn Owl (Tyto alba)
Location: near Tucson, Arizona, USA
The Common Barn Owl (Tyto alba) is said to be one of the most widely distributed birds in the world. I photographed this one at the raptor free flight display at the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum, near Tucson, Arizona. When I took this photo (and several others) the owl was perched on its handler's gloved hand. As you can see, I was able to get quite close to it.
Here is another portrait of a Barn Owl, and a photo of a Barn Owl in flight.