Owls are commonly associated with tales of witches, curses, bad omens and this makes us look down on them. Children are told: “if you see an owl, you will have a bad day, they are blind during the day so if you spot one you will also turn blind, killing them would bring prosperity, etc. etc. etc...”. This creates a sad myth generation after generation that promotes its contempt, abuse and annihilation that this species. There are 30+ variety of this species in India. Like a silent saint sitting under tree which is heard in many mystical stories, this brown fish owl, a resident of Tadoba Andhari Tiger Reserve, sat in silence. Morning sun kissed the owl and the green back drop spread like a washed out canvas which gave me the perfect opportunity to make this back lit photo of this sun kissed beauty.
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