Barred owls abound here on Vancouver Island. While active at night, it is not uncommon to see one flying during the daytime. This fella swooped past us as we walked to our campsite at Ruckle Provincial Park. When I say 'swooped' I do not mean overhead, I mean it passed within inches. Vince could have reached out and touched it. Shortly after taking this photo, the owl decided it had had enough of us and flew over and past us (once again VERY close) and disappeared into the forest behind us. They fly with such grace and soundless. It's awesome.
A funny story happened a couple of years ago. A nesting barred owl in Beacon Hill Park was noted for 'attacking' joggers as they went by and apparently had quite the collection of baseball caps as a result.