I was pleasantly surprised early one morning in November 2010 when I saw this night hunter perched on one of the trees in our village in urban Paranaque City. What followed were a few days of owl-watching in my front yard, and I was later joined by fellow birdshooters in the party.
The owl was already at its perching spot at daybreak and stayed there till sundown, when it set off to hunt for prey in the darkness.
Brown Hawk-Owl (Ninox scutulata, resident/migrant)
Habitat – Forest, edge, open scrub and early second growth.