Saw-Whet Owls are common in the Northern Hemisphere, but hard to spot. They have a loud too-too-too call, so you're more likely to hear them. They are also one of the smallest owls in NA - about the size of a robin. No tufts.
This is a picture of sun rays shining underneath water. I chose this picture because I thought it was really beautiful with the streaks that the light made through the water and the shadows that the light created on the sand.