In the human context being labelled two-faced is not a good thing. However, in the animal kingdom it is a simple case of survival for one of the smallest owl species in Asia, the Collared Owlet.
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We were fortunate enough to meet a couple of Thai birders on our way out of Khao Yai National Park. It was they who kindly pointed out their sighting of this difficult to spot owlet. The Collared Owlet unlike their larger cousins the owls are active even in the day. It will perch quietly in a tree watching and listening for their preys. These tiny owlets hunt small birds, lizards, rodents and insects.
The owlet that was pointed out to us was in the midst of a hunt. We had no more than five minutes with the bird but it was the best five minutes we had.
|The steady stare of the Collared Owlet|
|The false face looking at the camera|
We knew it had locked its sight on a prey across the road and before we could change our settings the owlet was off like a bullet.