At first glance, this image looks like a close-up of the trunk.
But if you look closely, hawk-eyed viewers should be able to see something disguised in the bark.
Can you find the owl hidden in this tree? Credit: Caters News Agency
With its plumage blending seamlessly with the patterns on its body, this screech owl is nearly impossible to spot.
But sharp-eyed photographer Larry Lynch was lucky enough to capture the beautiful bird as it hid in a tree near his Florida home.
Larry, 50, said: “I was very excited and relieved that the image turned out so well.
“Setting up the lighting for this photo shoot was tricky,” he continued.
“We were shooting in the dark, so we needed a main light source to act like the sun, and a fill light to open up or brighten the harsh shadows created by the main flash.
“This is the same technique that is sometimes used in studio portrait photography.
“I’ve learned a lot about these beautiful birds in recent years, so I think there’s a good chance I can use the knowledge I’ve gained to locate and photograph another nest in the future.”
If you still can’t see it, look towards the top center of the photo.
An owl’s head can be seen facing the camera, with eyes, ears, and beak visible.
It seems that he hid his body in a hole in a tree trunk.
The tree certainly serves as the perfect camouflage to hide the owl from its natural predators, which include foxes, skunks, raccoons, weasels, squirrels, hawks, and eagles.
The owl’s head can be seen facing the camera, with the eyes, ears and beak visible Credit: LARRY LYNCH/ CATERS NEWS