Oriental Bay Owl

One of my most recent projects on Phuket aside from photographing amphibians and reptiles has been to get photographs of the elusive Oriental Bay owl (Phodilus badius). Owls are my favourite birds and before I moved to Thailand I knew this was the species that I most wanted to see. Together with Kat and Paul we were finally successful on Friday evening on what was our third or fourth attempt at finding this owl at this location. We had previously heard them calling but this time we had fantastic closeup views of less than two metres for nearly ten minutes!

In addition, on Saturday evening I found a Sunbeam snake (Xenopeltis unicolor) crossing the road on a warm evening after a heavy shower.

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Sunbeam snake (Xenopeltis unicolor)

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Sunbeam snake (Xenopeltis unicolor)

By Matt Wilson

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