Long Eared Owl
I took this photo while standing about twelve feet from a roosting owl. Long-eared owls are extremely hard birds to find in daylight, and the chances of me ever being this close to one again are nearly nonexistent. This particular owl has been lurking in the Seattle area for the last few weeks and is being followed around by bird paparazzi because of its extraordinary unconcern about being photographed. (Or scolded by wrens. There was a little bird practically jumping up and down screaming at it, and the owl ignored it as a small feathery peon.)
Given that I have a mere 300mm zoom and tend to be a purely utilitarian photographer, I feel extraordinarily privileged to have gotten the shots that I did.