Who doesn’t love owls and nightjars? According to the bird list given to us prior to birding in Kerala, we should see a few and we were not disappointed. The first and probably a common owl in Kerala is the Jungle Owlet found in Thattekad area! This one came up close to check on us.. 🙂
Then there was Mottled Wood Owl on the list. This was a tricky one as the pair was found in a thorn forest! We battled with thorny shrubs to get close but then they flew away before we got anywhere near! We battled our way out again and was about to leave in our torn clothes when the pair flew out into the open…phew! It’s definitely worth the scratches.. Like all wood owls, Mottled Wood Owl is huge in size. Notice its got orange eyelids. 🙂 This is a second wood owl for me, the first being Spotted Wood Owl. Click here.
After a day’s birding, our guide fished out a torch and told us to wait for the evening. Stood in the midst of a dense forest, birds were still very active and we were entertained by their melodic calls as we waited for the Jerdon’s nightjar. But instead came the Indian Scops Owl! The owl was very cooperative and flew to a branch right in front of us! Much thanks to the guide’s torch I had enough light to take a picture of the tiny owl!
The Jerdon’s Nightjar finally came and left in a jiffy after much waiting and again I’m left with a blurry picture of the pretty bird! Apart from the Jerdon’s nightjar, we also saw the Jungle Nightjar (tick off bird list) thanks to our guide who pointed it to us! It took me quite a while to spot the bird at the location. Kerala is a great place for birding, not only do we get to see local endemics but also Sri Lanka birds! Notably, the Sri Lankan Frogmouth. Click here.