My first Scavenger Hunt entry.
Required item(s): An Owl.
I remember hearing them as a kid and trying to see them at night. Maybe picking up a reflection from their eyes with the GI flashlight I had. I can remember more about that light than about the owls. I had it for years.
It was a standard angle-head military light. Ran off two D-cell batteries. Compartment at the base for filters (it came with red, blue, and diffusion – which was a disc of white meant to simply make it a glowing spot) and a snap-free hanging ring. I had the black one instead of olive drab, but it was still one hell of a light for a kid my age. I ordered it from the now-defunct Parallax corporation, a MilSurp company whose catalogs I drooled over many a day.
The light did what I needed, but it never quite showed me the owls, who sat in the trees, staring at me, telling each other that one day I would come into the open and they would dive bomb me just to see my expression.