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Spectacled Owl (Pulsatrix perspicillata) by Elaine123

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Because of their elusive behavior, little is known. We do know that they live in tropical rainforests as well as drier woods with scattered trees. They are usually nocturnal, but can be active on dull days. Their call has been compared to the prolonged, rapid tapping of a woodpecker with each successive note being lower and weaker, and the rythm quicker as the series progresses. They are known in Brazil as ’knocking owls". The female also has a hawk-like scream, which has been compared to a steam whistle. When hunting, they use a branch to perch on and scan the surrounding area. When prey is located, they drop with a swift pounce. Insects are taken from foliage. In Costa Rica, eggs are laid in the dry season, or at the start of the wet season. Nests are made in tree hollows. They lay 1 – 2 eggs in a clutch but, usually, only 1 survives. The chicks leave the nest for surrounding branches well before they can fly, but depend on their parents for up to one year. The young may take up to five years to attain their full adult plumage.

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  • MIchelle Thompson
    MIchelle Thompsonover 3 years ago

    Amazing capture – he looks to be flying straight into the camera.

  • – Elaine123

  • Brian Dodd
    Brian Doddover 3 years ago

    Great Capture!!

  • – Elaine123

  • Qnita
    Qnitaover 3 years ago

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  • amyleahag
    amyleahagover 3 years ago

    Amazing depth of field, love the quality, great work!

  • – Elaine123

  • Val Saxby
    Val Saxbyover 3 years ago

    Well caught Elaine, he is a stunning little guy. val

  • – Elaine123

  • Russell Couch
    Russell Couchover 3 years ago

    Stunning shot

  • – Elaine123

  • msgraphics2009
    msgraphics2009over 3 years ago

    beautiful capture

  • – Elaine123

  • Bootiewootsy
    Bootiewootsyover 3 years ago

    Stunning capture

  • – Elaine123

  • paintingsheep
    paintingsheepover 3 years ago

    Wow! Excellent shot!

  • – Elaine123

    JUSTARTover 3 years ago

    great shot

  • – Elaine123

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