Thanks for your kind appreciation and words. :)
Since you are an admirer of owls, I will share with you a myth about the mottled wood owl. Actually these owls are called "kaalan kozhi" in Malayalam. It means it is a representative of Yaman, the Lord of death and Hell. People fear this bird because they believe if they hear it's hoot soon they will hear about the death of someone. As a child , I also used to believe in the story. :)But not anymore.
Usually they roost in big old treess, but this juvenile one was being followed and attacked by crows and was perching on a cherry tree. I should say, we , both the bird and I, were lucky. My presence drove away the crows and I could get some good pictures. :)
Mottled wood owl (22)