It was a Barred Owl on the ground. In the past, I have only seen Adult owls on the ground when securing food or water. Looking through my camera lens helped me to investigate the situation from a respectful distance. I was surprised by the apparent absence of any prey.
The owl remained intently focused. It reminded me of a person staring into a campfire.
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As the owl moved deeper into the foliage it became progressively more difficult to see.