A school (on the outskirts of Niigata City) has had its own pair of breeding Long-eared Owls for at least the last few years. There is currently a family of five, with the two adults and the three young of 2010.
The school's principal seems proud of them and takes photos of them almost daily.
The above photo was taken by my wife this afternoon. She complained that the 400mm lens I gave her was too close. Of the four photographs she took, this is the best. I think she did pretty well...