From all the owls that I've seen in Kabalebo, the Tawny-bellied Screech Owl is the silent one. All the other owls I've heard calling but this one never gave a sound. But on the other hand they are territorial and have a certain spot where they hide and rest during the day. The first hide out wasn't a great pick as there is a tree nearby where guides and tourists were hitting a telephone tree just for the sound. This of course made sure that this Screech Owl went looking for a different hide out and found one, not very far from its original spot.
But since it is a smart bird, this time it pick a tree that is not right next to the trail and you have got to know which tree you have to look at.
This young Spectacled Owl kept calling one night near the lodge. Since the call was so loud I decided to look for this young owl. He was still uncertain about his new role in his young life so he kept flying from one tree to the next. This meant that I had to move along just so I could keep up with him. And when I finally saw him, I noticed that I was alone and had a weak flashlight. So this is the result of holding your camera and a weak flashlight all at once.
The Crested Owl is still seen in the rainforest of Kabalebo. But like any other resident it also likes to move around the area. So from time to time, the Crested Owl is seen perched between all the dry leaves during the day and on another occasion it is not home at all.
So yes, this was the only picture of the Crested Owl I took when I was on the hiking trail. It was seen in plain sight but at a spot and level that asked for some moving around until you can spot it. I actually wanted its entire body photographed but the surrounding had other ideas. This is all I could get.
My first sighting of the Crested Owl: