Discovering a Pair of Indian Eagle Owls ( English), Ullus ( Hindi), Bubo bengalensis ( Scientific Name) in their Home in the Rocky Gorges of the Chambal River was an Enchanting Dream hard to forget.
The numerous Ledges, Caves and Clefts in the Rocky Ravines provide Enchanting and Natural Homes to a vast variety of Birds and Animals.( Do read previous posts OVER THE CLIFF, BLUE-EYED CORMORANTS and EGYPTIAN ROOSTS to know more about this gorgeous terrain in Central India)
Was mesmerized by the play of lights reflected onto the Rocky Cliffs looming over the pristine and clear water of the Chambal.
When low and lo behold I see two ears moving over a mass of what appeared to be White Rocks ( do read an earlier post titled WHITE AS SNOW) .
Have a look at the marvelous First Sighting.
Comfortable Perch Coated with Poop
The Ears suddenly developed two Deep Orange Eyes and a rather Cross looking Rock Eagle-Owl emerged from the White Rocky Ledge.
The Cameraman was now in the Cross-hairs of this perturbed and Cross Owl.
These Royal Owls or Ullus are unique and native to the Indian sub-continent.
Rising slightly from THE ROYAL PERCH OF POOP , I was amazed to see this extremely Large Indian Eagle-Owl for the first time in the wild at such a close distance.
The Ears which had been spotted first are in fact characteristic “Tufts” of feathers .
While an Owl is considered a Wise Bird in most of Europe and USA, an Ullu is considered to be the equivalent of a Donkey ( Moron or Dimwitted ) in India.
The featured picture has a protective Mr Indian Eagle-Owl close at hand on the Rocky Cliffs. The posture and manner of the Owl is very similar to an Eagle, is it not?
The Regal Couple kept me under a careful watch from their respective Posts on the Rocks during the duration I was taking these Enchanting pictures.