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.

home of the owl
Dancing Lights of  River 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.

hidden amongst the rocks

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.

all alert
Aware of Visitors

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.

royal roost
Rising from the Royal Throne of Poop

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.


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mukul chand

51 year old entrepreneur who has traveled extensively around the world for work and pleasure , is based in New Delhi, India. A passionate traveler born with a love for flora and fauna, is an active naturalist and amateur photographer. Here he shares his unique insight into Incredible India revealing its mysterious and exotic treasures. Writing from his heart he shares his experiences as he crisscrosses this vast and amazing land.

40 thoughts on “ON THE ROCKS”

  1. This is amazing, and you almost captured a different composition of an owl, I haven’t seen before like that, Especially in the last photographs seem like a cat, like my cats… sitting… so beautiful. Thank you dear Mukul, Love, nia

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  2. Oh my, what a fun experience. Your photos are wonderful. I am surprised that owls have such a different (donkey-ish) connotation in India. Maybe Indians have higher regard for donkeys than the rest of us? 😉

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    1. Thank you for your delightful comment. Unfortunately Donkeys and Owls are clubbed together, if a person is addressed as either the meaning is the same.”Idiot” or “Moron”


      1. however another snippet you may like. All Gods in the Hindu Pantheom have a Vehicle ( translated to a Car in modern times). The Owl is the Vehicle of Goddess Lakshmi, Goddess of Wealth.


  3. Nice surprising find during your hunt for an enchanted photo. I love wildlife. This owl is beautiful. I am surprised they are considered to be idiots or morons there. Cultures are really different, aren’t they?

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