"Chetan .. its an owl !"
I was stunned!
"Its inside the house!", she says.
Suddenly the owl flew and headed straight towards us! At the last instant it turned and flew upstairs to my study via our internal staircase. Now upstairs all windows were closed and so was the door to our terrace. So it was trapped .. this was my chance.. I ran and got the DSLR and slowly started climbing up. I could hear frantic wing beats. Owls usually fly very quiet. I was thrilled beyond reason.
Entering my study I see this ...
|Trapped in the grill|
The owl had seen the window and tried to fly through and was stuck between the window grill and the glass window. It was trying to fly through the glass. I tried to approach and it began to frantically jump in that small space. I was worried about the wings getting damaged. I waited for a few seconds. Shwetha was more worried about it getting hurt and wanted me to free it immediately. It was looking totally forlorn...
I moved very slowly and came near the window, initially it got more scared and was jumping even more violently. Then it settled down. I slid open the glass door very slowly as far as I could safely slide it, without touching the owl.
The owl still kept trying to fly through the glass. I took the snap that you can see at the very top of this blog post. Soon it figured out the exit and stepped sideways and flew away ... to freedom!
I ran outside to the terrace. I see the owl perched on the house in front of ours about 80 ft away. It was looking at me.
|Gratitude or just blinking?|
|It looked front|
|then back ...|
|then up ...|
|then down ...|
|then left ...|
|The take off|
|Vanishing into the trees|
Just the previous weekend I had been to Jayamangali Blackbuck Reserve with my best buddies Vijay and Ashwin along with Shwetha and Tanmay. Everyone had got an owl shot. I had missed, royally! Everyone had pulled my leg in jest. I had been challenged to get an owl shot in 2 days. And within a week, the owl had come searching for me .. talk about luck!
Anyways this was one of my luckiest days with a camera.