Here we have a Barred Owl, or to honor William Shakespeare, a "Bard" Owl. This wonderful fellow lives on the ranch of a friend, and it doesn't take many calls before he appears out of nowhere - to our great delight - for observation and photographs.
Here is more about this wonderful owl: "A notable feature is its vocal repertoire. In addition to its distinctive 8-note hooting call (often rendered as “Who cooks for you? Who cooks for you all”), this owl projects a loud series of spectacular dueting vocalizations during courtship that sound like maniacal laughter."
I am grateful for each view and comment - thank you all!