While reading the excellent birding blog of Timo Janhonen; the Bad Finnish Birdwatcher, I read about an (Eurasian) Eagle Owl Bubo bubo invading a football match played in Finland between the host country and Belgium and that the footage captured of this incident is in Youtube. Finland had won this game according to Timo who sounds happy; mentioning the footie result in the same breath. I had a look at this and thought it had enough merit to share with my blog readers, not that I am overly fond of owls or anything.
Spectators cheer ‘Huuhkaja’, which apparently means owl in finnish. It sounds like a very bad swear word in Sinhalese but I learnt that the bird had since then come to be known as Bubi, a sports commentator in Finland. How fitting considering that its scientific name is Bubo bubo! A related form occurs in Sri Lanka, which is called Forest Eagle Owl Bubo nipalensis (Ulama in Sinhalese), of which the shrilling calls are considered to bring death and misfortune by the locals. I am on the hunt for one of these and I shall break some news if I succeed in my mission. If any of my blog readers have any credible information of this or any other owl in day time roosts in Sri Lanka, please let me know!
Edit: Timo informed me that Huuhkaja means Eagle Owl.