If you’ve been looking around my site, you will have seen that I have a bit of a liking for owls. Since most, but not all, owls are nocturnal, they’re not the easiest birds to photograph. On my site, there are plenty of images of barn owls, tawny owls, short-eared owls and little owls from around the UK. Here, I’ve brought them together, included a few of the UK images, but added, also, a few interesting ones from elsewhere.
We spotted the Verreaux’s eagle owl sitting in a tree overlooking a waterhole in Namibia and were fascinated by its bright pink eye-lids, a feature shared with no other owl in the world. The fourth heaviest owl in the world, this is a massive avian apex predator capable of taking other owls, mammals, snakes and even fish. Another was perched, at night, in a tree overlooking our lodge in the Okavango Delta.
Only slightly smaller than Verreaux’s, the elusive Pel’s fishing owl was a great find. In Botswana, we kept hearing an owl during the night and, with our aptly named 6’6″ guide, Max, we went looking for it. Way up in the canopy of a small copse, we eventually found it peeking down at us through the branches.
The buffy fishing owl on the front of this page was roosting in the Singapore botanical gardens. Fishing owls fish, usually during the hours of darkness, using their sharp claws to grip their wet and slippery prey.
We found the barred owl deep in the forest of Corkscrew swamp in southern Florida, USA, its presence only given away by its call. The burrowing owl was sitting on a roadside post in Argentina.
Lastly, two well camouflaged Indian scops owls, one resting in its tree hole in Sri Lanka, the other in central India, and a spotted owlet, also in India. (To identify which owl is which, just click on the image to the right of here to enlarge it and, with the exception of the buffy fishing owl on the front page, their names will appear below).