My husband & I were walking near our backyard slough, when suddenly my husband told me to come back to him quickly. Thinking it was a snake in the grass, I stopped to make sure I don’t move—Just in case! Seeing no snake, I backed up to stand by my husband in whom pointed out to me that before I moved the owl was sitting on a branch two feet above my head. He was scared the owl would have attacked me. I knew better. More than likely I startled the poor thing by walking by disturbing his sleep. I was right, he clacked his beak, I spoke to it & the owl flew away to another tree not far away. I think the owl knew we meant it no harm.