A barred owl roosts under the autumn canopy. Her mottled coloring is camouflaged in her woodland domain. With keen brown eyes she watches, listens and waits , poised for action at the first sign of movement. Hunting on the wing, she swoops down and is rewarded with the prey she seeks. As nightfall draws near she remains alert with eyes and ears focused - a"silent sentinel". Once again her prowess and patience pays off. She has spent her life honing her hunting skills to feed her young ,surviving and thriving the challenges of the wilds. As dawn approaches she retreats to her perch for some well -deserved rest.