Cameras were aimed, shutters pressed and flashes flashed. That was the routine for the next couple of hours as we photographed the star of the LaVista Village, the Philippine Scops Owl (which I shall lovingly dub as Jop's Scops). The only variation to that routine was the shifting of our positions either to get a better view of the adult or to move to where the fledglings were.
Somehow the sight of a horde of photographers with long lenses aroused the curiosity of the local residents particularly those emerging from the nearby church after attending an evening mass. An impromptu introduction into bird watching was done by the members of the Wild Bird Club of the Philippines (WBCP) as they spoke with the intrigued individuals.
"That's owl, folks!" was the response to the question as to what bird it was that drew all these visitors to the subdivision.
A little before 8 pm, Jops announced, "Last five minutes!"
Flashlights were soon turned off, camera gears packed and an exuberant group thanked our dear host and left happily.
|adult Philippine Scops Owl|
|the young 'un|