|26th February 2011, Kemensah , Selangor|
Buffy Fish-Owl. Local name : Ketupa Ketupu
I’ve heard locals say that there are owls in the area. A friend who has a fish pond there mentioned that the owls would come to catch fish from his pond. For me, so far no owl…… until last Saturday, and with a little help from my friend ( his identity will be revealed in the next post).
I saw a large bird flew down from a very tall tree to roost on a low branch about 200 ft away. Looked through the viewfinder and saw an owl with long ear tufts. Excited, that’s probably an understatement! My heart was pounding. Problem was, she was on the other side of a ditch with water knee-deep. Oh no! I wont let a small problem like this get between me and my Owl. Took a few long-range shots as security and then waded across carrying the gear on my shoulder.
Crept nearer and nearer up the hill towards her, in my heart just hoping that she wouldn’t fly away. At last I was in good range for some decent shots. Just as I was about to push the button she flew onto a higher branch. Alas, now I have another factor to contend with…. severe backlighting. Anyway these are the result,
The long-range shots
My first recorded owl for Kemensah