Hidden owl scowls at photographer who woke him up – before nodding off again

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This is the moment a photographer ruffled an owl’s feathers by waking it up with the sound of his camera shutter.

André Lanouette, 60, disturbed the bird as it snoozed peacefully – watching it open one eye to look at him before nodding back off.

 Take a closer look the eastern-screen owl is nestled in the centre hardly recognisable against the tree bark
Take a closer look the eastern-screen owl is nestled in the centre hardly recognisable against the tree bark

The eastern-screen owl clearly didn’t want to be disturbed as it picked the perfect spot to get some shut-eye, camouflaging itself in the hollow of a tree.

But despite looking annoyed about the sudden wake-up call, the owl was quick to close its eyes again and continue its afternoon nap.

André said: “It heard the click of my camera and it opened one eye only.

“It looked annoyed but closed its eyes immediately after seeing who was there.

 'Peek owl boo' photographer Andre Lanouette's camera shutter ruffled this furry creatures siesta
‘Peek owl boo’ photographer Andre Lanouette’s camera shutter ruffled this furry creatures siesta

“He didn’t open them again and carried on with his siesta.”

André spotted the owl while walking through the Parc Angrignon, Montréal in Quebec last week.

The park, which contains 20,000 trees, winding paths and a pond surrounded by cattails, was inspired by the design of 19th-century English gardens.

“I didn’t immediately see it because it was so well camouflaged,” said André. “It was about 25 feet up the tree.

“A regular to the park pointed it out to me after seeing it a few days earlier.

“I think it is used to hearing and seeing people go by but didn’t look like it wanted to be disturbed at this point.

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