12th Annual Smithsonian Magazine Photo Contest Natural World

Great gray owl resting in tree. There is no problem with his eyes. The "shield" are the nictitating membrane which offer the bare eye protection.

Photo Detail
Date Taken: 02.2014
Date Uploaded: 11.2014
Photo Location: Whitby, Ontario, Canada
Camera: Canon EOS-1D X
Copyright: © Ramesh Chandar