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spectacled owl (juvenile)

Pulsatrix perspicillata


I wish I'd gotten a better picture of this owl before it flew away! I was tracking a group of tamarins in the forest when I heard hooting. In our research group, we used hoots to let the others know where we are, so when I heard this hoot, I answered, thinking it was one of the people in my group. It turns out that it was this juvenile owl, and he was letting me know he was not happy I was interrupting sleep time! I got close to him and got this shot in before he flew away, annoyed. While adult spectacled owls are dark, the juveniles are mostly white with dark marks around the eyes.


Tropical rainforest, Guiana Shield, Suriname

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Spotted on May 27, 2012
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