de Silva Wijeyeratne, G. (2007). Bay Owl – Sri Lanka Through a Lens. Synergy. April-May 2007. Page 56. Volume 04, Issue 01. ISSN 1391-9385.
Wildlife & Tourism celebrity Gehan de Silva Wijeyeratne takes a photographer’s look at Sri Lanka Bay Owl.

‘People had always had a fascination with owls. In the west they have been associated with wisdom. In the east, with bad luck. In Sri Lanka people have been superstitious about owls. But the fascination of western birders with owls is bringing about a change as more Sri Lankans become interested with these enigmatic birds which are superbly adapted for a nocturnal existence.
The Bay Owl is one of Sri Lanka’s least known birds with an individual not seen in the wild until 1981. In January 2007, a pair of Bay Owls began to show well in Sinharaja and a lot of Sri Lankan and foreign birdwatchers had their first glimpse of this mysterious bird’.

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