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Apr 24, 2014 12:51 AM CST
Name: Myriam
Gent, Belgium
Lucy, the owl.
The Spectacled Owl - Pulsatrix perspicillata

About a week before the year switch, amongst all the jungle sounds at night, we woke up from an eerie wailing sound repeated with intervals coming from the woods. I thought that might be an owl but it kind of sounded human like from a person in distress. My friend got worried thinking there might be someone who got lost in the forest, trying to locate the direction until the moment the wailing sounds all of a sudden came from the opposite direction, that could not be, so we both laughed at our worries and concluded it had to be an owl. Hilarious!

Of course that was exiting!

The next nights the owl came back, I wanted so badly to see it and began to call back imitating the wailing as best as I could, it responded!! We both went on then, so there was a trio wailing in the night! Hilarious!

We baptised the owl with the name Lucy , her wailing reminding us of the wailing ghost Lucy in the Sorceress school, from the Harry Potter’s series.
Each night the sound came closer by, until one night at new years eve just after midnight on the first day of the year, I could see it landing in the dark exactly on the branch of the tree I had visualized being a perfect spot for an owl to sit on, she had a whitish ‘coat’ and a black face.
Trying to get some good shots of her in the dark would be a challenge, I needed a strong light, the distance from the balcony to the tree was about 10m I think, but it was a big bird.
With a strong led lamp pointed at her, the camera managed to focus. The bird didn’t seem to be bothered by the light or the flash, on the contrary, she was fascinated!
She was so charming making little dancing movements on her branch while looking at us. Lovey dubby

At a particular moment I saw a second smaller owl landing, it was her baby and then they flew off together disappearing in the dark. Though being big birds with powerful wings their flight is soundless.
We got to see her several times after, if she wouldn’t appear we started calling at her and usually got response, we had the impression that she loved all that attention and would eventually become a pet owl! Smiling

Owls I find are like cats with wings, so much similarity in their manners and looks.
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