Today’s “Image of the day” is of an Asian Barred Owlet

Article 17 of “Image of the Day” Series.

Image of the day-Blog 17- Shooting a Asian Barred Owlet in the Himalayas of Uttarakhand


Camera: Canon 550D

Lens: Canon 400mm f/5.6 L

Shutter speed: 1/60

f-stop: f/7.1

ISO: 200

Aperture Priority

Spot Metering.


The love that one receives from simple people is so different from the one that we are used to in cities. I remember visiting my Paternal Aunt (Bua) in the rains of 2014. I stayed there for a week and was simply blown away, at how caring and loving someone could be. The best thing is they never try to, they simply are.

So after this visit, I make it a point to visit them at-least twice a year. Next I visited her in the winters of March 2015 and that is when I made this image. Today morning my birding session was fruitful and I made some images of a Oriental White eye and a Grey-hooded Warbler. After lunch the weather was a bit cloudy and I thought I should try my luck with birds. Instead of exploring the village, I took to a goat path and began exploring the forest beyond.

Though a couple of Minivets and Grey-headed woodpeckers were calling, the activity was quite minimal. Then out of nowhere I saw a bird fly to a distant tree. I have developed a habit of studying birds in extreme detail, their flying patterns, their calls, their body structures and how they feed. Although I did not see the bird clearly, I knew this is some bird that I have never seen before.

I very cautiously approached the tree, but it saw me from a distance and flew to a different tree.  I then again followed it and this time it let me close in. It was then I observed it to be an Asian Barred owlet. Since it was sitting on a perch well above my head and there was no shot. So I sat down and began observing it. After a good 10 minutes or so it flew to a different tree.

I was elated to see it perch on a tree at eye level. This time, I did not want to scare the bird, so I sat down at a long distance from the tree. Slowly and at a snail’s pace, I then began approaching the tree without getting up. I took shots at each step, so that I at least have a record shot, in case it flies away. This approach worked and i got withing shooting distance. This guy by now seemed to have accepted me and for the next 15 minutes or so, I just sat there, looking at him and shooting now and then.

That’s it for the day, end of Blog 17

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