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Brown Fish Owl

Ketupa zeylonensis

Description:

Photograped this beauty at midnight in Gir National park...This species is very nocturnal but it can often be located by the small birds that mob it while it is roosting in a tree. However, in some areas it may be semi-diurnal and has been seen hunting during daytime, especially in cloudy weather. Brown fish owl primarily hunt by stationing itself on a rock overhang or hanging perch over water, or by wading into shallow waters. It grabs food by gliding over the water, nearly skimming it with its feet and grabbing its prey by quickly extending its long legs. It feeds mainly on fishes, frogs and aquatic crustaceans, especially Potamon crabs.

Habitat:

The typical habitat of brown fish owls is forest and woodland bordering streams, lakes or rice fields. It inhabits mainly the lowlands, from open woodland to dense forest as well as in plantations; in the Himalayas foothills it ranges into submontane forest up to 1,500 m (4,900 ft) ASL or so but not higher.

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15 Comments

Ashutosh Dudhatra
Ashutosh Dudhatra 4 years ago

Thank you..sure.

SaswatMishra
SaswatMishra 4 years ago

Beautiful Image..!

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Ashutosh Dudhatra
Ashutosh Dudhatra 5 years ago

Thank you Mark :)

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 5 years ago

Great spotting. Congratulations.

Ashutosh Dudhatra
Ashutosh Dudhatra 5 years ago

Thanks Dr Namgyal

DrNamgyalT.Sherpa
DrNamgyalT.Sherpa 5 years ago

Congrats Ashutosh for the SOTD!

Ashutosh Dudhatra
Ashutosh Dudhatra 5 years ago

Thanks Payal...

Ashutosh Dudhatra
Ashutosh Dudhatra 5 years ago

Thank you Lisa and PN team :)

LisaPowers
LisaPowers 5 years ago

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Ashutosh Dudhatra
Ashutosh Dudhatra 5 years ago

Thank you Leanne and Alejandra.

LeanneGardner
LeanneGardner 5 years ago

Beautiful!

Great shots!!

Ashutosh Dudhatra
Ashutosh Dudhatra 5 years ago

Thank you Payal and Leuba...

Leuba Ridgway
Leuba Ridgway 5 years ago

Look at those eyes !! Nice spotting Ashutosh and thanks for the information as well.

PayalBhatt
PayalBhatt 5 years ago

Amazingly awe shot..!!!

Ashutosh Dudhatra
Spotted by
Ashutosh Dudhatra

Gujarat, India

Spotted on Aug 24, 2015
Submitted on Aug 24, 2015

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