With that said, I do like this image, as gives a bit more context than one usually sees. I also like how the green frames the owl, making it pop out more.
I was not more than 15 feet away from this owl (I was on the hiking path, and the tree was about 10-15 ft (3-5 m) off the path. Clearly, even a 100 mm lens would have been useful.
But, hey, if you guys can chip in and spring this for me:
I'd be happy to go back and find another owl for you. On my D200, that's a 450 mm prime lens! I wouldn't even have to go into the Audubon Wildlife reservation to take the shot! ;)