Rich Kuehn's neighbor on The Sea Ranch called him to come over and see if this large Barn Owl was doing okay. When Rich got there it was perched on a fench and nodding off. Rich theorized she - yes, it's a female - was hunting for her young, which a nocturnal Owl such as this usually does at night. But if needs be, a mother will do what she has to do.
To see another photo of this beautiful Barn Owl, go to the ICO's web site, click on on-line features and then Sighting photos! http://www.mendonoma.com/