Me and Danish were out at night searching for this beauty. He told me that if we are lucky to get a sighting then that would be amazing. Initially there was no sign and we started looking for other owls. After some time suddenly Danish heard the call of this one. It was from very far, hats off to his tracking skills. We started running towards the area where he heard the sound.. It was close to half a kilometer until we met this gem. It was an unforgettable moment when I looked into the eyes. I was truly mesmerised.
Thanks to Danish @danish_trogon and the way he tracked the bird was just outstanding..We were standing at one side of the forest and after tracking we reached the other side. So, you guys can imagine how we rushed in the night through forest to capture this beauty. But the efforts finally paid off, Mother Nature blessed us with such a dream frame.
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Sri Lanka Bay-Owl(Phodilus assimilis)
This is a species of bay owl in the family Tytonidae. It is endemic to the island of Sri Lanka and the Western Ghats in Kerala, South Western India. It was considered a subspecies of the Oriental bay owl (Phodilus badius) but is now treated as a full species due to its distinctive call, plumage and disjunct distribution.
Its natural habitats are subtropical or tropical moist montane forests and subtropical or tropical high-altitude grassland. It is threatened by habitat loss.