Amongst bird photographers there is a tendency to show the bird as large as possible in the frame. If they can’t get any closer, they will just crop the image until it don’t show much more. With the current cameras this is well possible. I’m not one of those photographers. I do like to have some space in my picture, to show some of its habitat, or in this case just a nice background of leaves.
The Pygmy Owl spent quite some time in his tree hole. He probably had a food stash in there. We just stood there, waiting, until he popped his head out, looking at that strange crowd with all sorts of lenses pointed at him. It proved an interesting sight, as he came back looking at us several times.