Oct 7, 2010

Cute & Fluffy - The Collared Owlet

The Collared Owlet is the smallest owl in Asia, at approx 15 cm (6 in) and 60 grams (2.1 oz). Owls are birds of prey in that they kill small mammals for food.

It was a routine birding trip and we were checking out an unused narrow and rocky trail down a ravine just off the main road. In the midst of a flurry of feeding frenzy created by a minor bird wave a larger 'shadow' flew-in and dislodged a tiny Sunbird from it's perch. As the foliage where it perched was thick and the sky overcast it was not immediately possible to ID the newcomer. Only when a few seconds passed and a ray of sunlight streamed through the foliage and struck one of  it's eyes and part of the bird's head did it dawned upon us what it was! My partner on this trip gestured in excitement and was almost ecstatic over this wonderful 'discovery'!

YES! Perched on a branch with it's eye glistening from the ray of sunlight which had miraculously struck it with great timing was a Collared Owlet! For the next 3-4 minutes or so our cameras went rat-a-tat-tat, rat-a-tat-tat!!! :-) As quickly as it appeared the Cute & Fluffy One soon dived from it's perched to disappear into the thick undergrowth below. Must have followed the same bird wave out of the ravine. Adios amigo!

Here are a few photos for sharing.

Thanks for dropping by. Cheers!

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