Mobbing calls of several birds filled the air while I was working in my office on 7 Oct., 2007. I went out to see that their wrath was directed towards a pair of Brown Hawk Owls, which had come to occupy a roost atop a mango tree in my yard. One of the owls was showing up well, while other was hidden in the vegetation.
It's been a while since I saw this owl roosting in my garden. The intensity of mobbing behaviour shown by the mobsters consisting of White-bellied Drongo, Common Tailorbird, Red-vented Bulbul, Purple-rumped Sunbird, Oriental Magpie Robin, and Yellow-billed Babbler had its clear ups and downs. The owls, however, did not give in and they stood their ground. The commotion gradually died down. And the mobsters went silent and left the owls at peace.
They remained at the roost site for the rest of day.
I attempted a few digiscoping shots, but they didn’t turn out well due to angle of light. The photo above is from a previous encounter in my garden, following a similar mobbing episode. Click here to read an article that I did on my garden’s Brown Hawk Owls in Siyoth the journal of the Field Ornithology Group of Sri Lanka (FOGSL).