After finding a brown lump on a branch in the area where my neighbor was pointing, I decided I must be looking at the owl. I started "Hoo - hooing!" to get his attention.
I got the impression this really annoyed the owl who appeared to be trying to get some rest. That's because he looked down at us briefly with what I interpreted as disgust at my feeble attempt to communicate.
I was never able to capture his icy glare. But here's what I did get.
Mrs. Dada ID'ed it as a barn owl. We sent the picture to a friend who confirmed it was indeed a barn owl. He told us it's called a "schleiereule" in German. (Having then gone to audio German dictionary, I'm afraid I'll have to stick to the English "barn owl.")
But he also told me there's an old European saying, "When you hear the owl, and have a penny in your pocket you will always be rich!"
Sadly, the owl wasn't speaking this afternoon. But that's okay, even if he had, I didn't have a damn penny on me either!