Unusual bird behaviour

 
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A fantastic moment captured:
Brown Hawk Owl catching a shuttlecock
in flight   

 

 
© Amit Thakurta
 

This amazing series of images were taken by Amit Thakurta, a very talented photographer. Mr. Thakurta had posted these images on the Bird Photography India and Delhibirdpix image sharing Google groups - Ed.
 


Species: Brown Hawk Owl (Ninox scutulata)
Date: 29th December 2009
Place: Jalpaiguri, West Bengal, India.
Photographed by: Amit Thakurta
Photographer's comments
(edited by S. Sen): I would like to share an unusual experience with all of you. Some of my friends were playing badminton in a floodlit open court late in the evening. I was there and my camera was with me. Looking around, I saw a Brown Hawk Owl patiently watching the game from a nearby perch. Suddenly, while the shuttlecock was in play, the bird made a sortie to catch the shuttle as if it was a prey species. However, it failed on this attempt and went back to the perch and continued observing the activity. This gave me the time to prepare my camera in anticipation of another try. And that attempt took place shortly afterwards and the results are presented below:

© Amit Thakurta

© Amit Thakurta

© Amit Thakurta


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