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Well-camouflaged Indian scops owl perfectly blends into its surroundings at Indian National Park

Twit twoo’s there? Camouflaged owl hides in plain sight in Indian national park tree

  • Incredible snaps were taken by Zhayynn James, 45, at Kanha National Park, India
  • Wildlife photographer was stunned to see Indian scops owl hiding in plain sight
  • Initially hard to spot, the tiny bird blends in perfectly with its surroundings 










Stunning photographs show a well-camouflaged owl hiding in plain sight. 

At first glance, it looks like the photographer might have missed the subject – but on closer inspection, an owl can be seen blending in with its surroundings.

The incredible snaps were taken by part-time wildlife photographer Zhayynn James, 45, at Kanha National Park, India.

Part-time wildlife photographer Zhayynn James, 45, took these incredible photos showing a well-camouflaged Indian scops owl hiding in plain sight at Kanha National Park, India

Zhayynn, a professional landscape architect from southern Chennai, said he was on a safari when he was startled to spot the birds blending perfectly into their surroundings

Zhayynn, a professional landscape architect from southern Chennai, said he was on a safari when he was startled to spot the birds blending perfectly into their surroundings

Zhayynn, a professional landscape architect from southern Chennai, said he was on a safari when he was startled to spot the bird – an Indian scops owl perfectly hiding.

Initially, it looks like a picture of a tree but at closer look, the ‘master of the camouflage’ can be spotted perfectly blending itself.

He added: ‘While on safari, my guide stopped the vehicle and asked me to see if I could spot anything on the tree.

‘At first glance there seemed to be nothing of interest, but on closer inspection the brilliantly camouflaged owl was revealed, hiding in plain sight.’

Spot the owl: Initially, it looks like a picture of a tree but at closer look, the 'master of the camouflage' can be spotted

Spot the owl: Initially, it looks like a picture of a tree but at closer look, the ‘master of the camouflage’ can be spotted

The Indian scops owl is a tiny species of owl, measuring less than 10 inches, that resides in South Asia. 

Like most species of owl, the Indian scops is nocturnal. It uses its natural camouflage to remain hidden during the day-time, before hunting for insects to feed on during the night. 

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