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WHERE YOU’VE BEEN AND WHAT YOU’VE SEEN

All ears

GUJARAT, INDIA

Short-eared owls have feathered tufts on the tops of their heads that resemble ears – they are often raised in a defensive posture

A friend and I visited the Little Rann of Kutch, a salt marsh landscape home to many local and migratory bird species, and the last sanctuary of the Indian wild ass. We’d been hoping to spot the short-eared owl, a majestic bird that winters there but is rarely seen in daytime. On our second day of searching we found one, resting on a branch just above the ground. We crawled slowly towards it, our knees and elbows scratching against thorns. Finally I managed to capture the image I wanted: the intense stare of this flame-coloured owl. It was hard work, but well worth it. When I look at the image now, it takes me back to the scene, those mesmerising eyes barely a metre away.

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