Copyright © 2018 by Ali Bernie Buga-ay, all rights reserved. Brown Boobok: this photograph may not be used without permission.

The Brown Boobook or Ninox scutulata is also called the Brown Hawk-owl which is a resident breeder in the south Asia from India, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Indonesia, and the south of China. Thailand is also one of the countries where it is found and we are all lucky to just have it at a city park.    The Boobooks are a lot different than the common owl because of their long tails and the lack of the facial disk which is typical to Barn Owls. Its natural habitat are wood countries and forest and it lays five eggs in a tree hole; at Phutthamonthon, it is found roosting in a bamboo cathedral.

I wanted to have a Boobook in my collection for a very long time, and I guess, being patient always is a virtue when it comes to wildlife photography. My dear friend Prin Pattawaro gave me the location a month ago and I never had the chance to go and check it out and after a month I asked if it was still there. The answer was positive so I went, it was a little bit tricky to get there and finding it was another thing. I was about to give up as I was not able to find it. 

I was keeping my tripod and camera as another friend came and he took me in the bamboo cathedral and pointed to me where the Boobook was. Oh it was a real joy, I had it and it was just there all along staring down at me as I was walking around. Thanks to Khun Nui for pointing the exact branch where it was roosting.

Phutthamonthon Park, Thailand
September 8, 2018
Nikon D500 + Nikkor 200-500mm f/5.6E ED VR
Fotopro TS-85C | Fotopro WH-30 | Carry Speed FS-Pro Nitecore UNK1 | Toshiba FlashAir 64GB


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