Screech Owl photoI give these guys two thumbs up. They are oblivious to the photographer. When you take photos for a daily newspaper, having people look into the camera, except as a portrait study that fits a particular story, is frowned upon, at least with larger newspapers. Newspapers like spontaneity. Photographers are supposed to be invisible, catching life as it happens, not telling people (or owls) to look into the camera.
Though I don't have to worry about who looks where now that I am retired, it is still nice to capture a photo that I know a photo editor would like.