Oriental Scops Owl at Kaeng Krachan National Park

The Oriental Scops Owl (Otus sunia) is a rare migrant to Singapore. I have not had the opportunity to see it locally yet. So when the opportunity came to see it in Thailand, I gladly made the night trek through flooded pathway, knee deep in water to one of its known site at Kaeng Krachan National Park in July 2013.

Oriental Scops Owl

There in a hide, the guide played a short call, and immediately the owl showed itself. It then proceeded to call loudly while scanning it’s surroundings.

Oriental Scops Owl

You can see that it is calling from the raised throat area.

Oriental Scops Owl

All the photographs were taken illuminated by 2 flashlights. This permitted me to also capture a video of the owl in action.


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