Shri Jasnath Asan, Rajasthan, India
Photo © Shri Jasnath Asan, 2016
11 Feb 2018
This morning, just outside the fortress walls, I was met by one of my all time favorite birds, the spotted owlet. The owlet is a small, stocky bird, barely 21 centimeters in size and weighing a mere 110 grams, about the same as a half cup of water.
Small in stature but a winsome giant of endearing charm, the the owlet displays his disapproval of intruders (in this case me) with a piercing, glaring gaze and a vigorous head bobbing that is reminiscent of a bobblehead doll on the dashboard of a 4 wheeling jeep.
The spotted owlet is found in tropical Asia from mainland India to Southeast Asia. It is a common resident of open habitats including farmland and has adapted well to living near human habitation.
Panchla Siddha, India
Sharon K. Schafer
I paint, photograph, and speak about wild places in an act of reciprocity that is as vital to me as heartbeat or breath.
My interest in the magic and mystery of the natural world lies at the intersection of art and science.
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