...it was like playing Red Light. He ( she?) would look away and i would inch forward then freeze when we locked eyes. I am sad for my ducks...there were 3 couples on the pond just a few yards from where this beauty was resting. This means that the hens are all nesting nearby. 8 out of 10 nests are destroyed, ducklings lost, so this predator does not bode well for them.
I have to say the owl is impressive and nothing if not confident.