Hidden from the world

£ 150

Location

Sinharaja Rain forest

Species

Seredib scops owl (Otus thilohoffmanni)

Conservation Status

Elusive endemic bird specie

Photographer

Sadeepa Gunawardena

Size of your Print (In Inches) – 20” x 30” photograph printed in Canvas and stretch framed.

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Description

Description

In July 2016, a friend and I embarked on a single-day excursion to the Sinharajah forest with a specific goal in mind: to witness the elusive Serendib Scops Owl, the most recently discovered owl species in Sri Lanka. Accompanied by the seasoned naturalist, Thilake, our journey began as we ventured into a village, navigating the muddy terrain in Thilake’s trusty Mitsubishi 4DR5.

We made a pit stop at a local house to enjoy a cup of tea and to contemplate our strategy for owl-spotting. Thilake pointed out that to catch a glimpse of this owl, we needed to travel an additional 45 minutes to reach a specific mountain. Being mindful of the slippery, rain-soaked ground and the presence of leeches, we decided to let Thilake scout ahead to confirm the owl’s presence.

Approximately 45 minutes later, we received the welcome call confirming the owl’s presence. We commenced our ascent, only to quickly realize that my choice of slippers was ill-suited for the climb. I abandoned the slippers at the base and continued barefoot, determined to reach our destination.

The one-hour trek proved to be both physically taxing and required frequent stops to remove leeches from my feet. Nevertheless, our persistence paid off as we finally arrived at the location where the Serendib Scops Owl was perched.

The sight was nothing short of majestic. Inside the dimly lit jungle, I borrowed my friend Shanaka’s 300mm F2.8 lens to capture some remarkable shots. This photograph stands as one of the most challenging and rewarding achievements in my entire photography career.

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Delivery Terms

Delivery Terms

Option 1 - You can collect your print from the Sri Lankan High Commission between the 4th and the 8th of November 2023.
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