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Rare ripleys owl

Rare ripleys owl
Photo Information
Copyright: Rajpal Navalkar (rajpalnavalkar) (78)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-06
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D 80
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-11-14 4:11
Viewed: 3587
Points: 10
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This one is a lifer!In deep thick jungles of Kerala at around 8.30 am.
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hi rajpal
great capture
thekkadi forest is really rich in birds and other living forms!
its really fortunate that u got a chance to capture such rare species.

Nice one! In case others don't know what the in the world Ripley's Owl is - also called the Oriental Bay-Owl (Phodilus badius). This particular Owl ranging in a small part of the Western Ghats and in Sri Lanka, has now been split from the Oriental Bay-Owl (which still does range in India though only in Manipur, Nagaland, and extreme southeastern Assam and Arunachal Pradesh). Your bird is now called (mistakenly I might add) Ceylon Bay-Owl - Phodilus assimilis (in my opinion, it would have been better Sri Lanka Bay-Owl). Your bird is now quite rare.

EDIT: I just checked the validity of taxon ripleyi (listed as being the taxon ranging in the Western Ghats). For the time being it would seem that this taxon has been subsumed within that of the race ranging in Sri Lanka (i.e., assimilis). This may change back again as more data is accumulated and digested - they may resplit the races again! You might want to consider uploading this photo to OBI (Orientalbirdimages). I just had a look and the only southern India Phodilus presently on the site is an out-of-range ripleyi from Karnataka (where it should not range). There are a number of assimilis from Sri Lanka, but nothing from the Western Ghats, assimilis or otherwise. If you would like to contribute to OBI, and are not already a contributor, let me know if you need an Introduction to the Imagemaster of the site.

Hello Rajpal,

Very beautiful capture of this owl. Sharpness and colours are very good. It has some patterns which look like stars on its belly.

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  • falke Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 153 W: 18 N: 479] (1863)
  • [2007-11-14 11:31]

Wow, this is amazing! Fantastic photo of this rare owl. I envy you this great photo.

Best regards/Bengt

Hi Rajpal
great! it is so difficult to find owls and even more to get decent pictures
Must have been great

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