The subject of myth and superstition, the owl is instantly distinguished by its disconcerting stare and haunting cry. It is a mysterious and fearsome predator, a flawless hunter in the darkest of nights. It stakes out its territory on a perch high above and then, floating on silent wings, swoops down to snatch its unsuspecting prey. But with its wise face and downy plumage, the owl is also among nature's most photogenic and pleasing creatures. In Owls 2012, world-renowned nature photographers capture every aspect of this splendid bird in candid and remarkable images. Descriptive captions further reveal the mysterious lives of owls.