Owl plays hide and seek as it hangs upside down to stare at photographer by Laukik Bajpai

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MAIN IMAGE:  PEAK-T-WOO...... A spotted owlet pears down from under a tree branch and gives a watching photographer a curious glare.<br />
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The unusal image was captured along the banks of the Rancharda lake near Ahmedabad, India by marketing and sales manager Laukik Bajpai, 29.<br />
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Laukik said, "It was a bit like hide and seek.  The owlet was trying to take cover behind some branches while watching my movements and probably wondered why I was so close to the nest."<br />
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"The spotted owlet is a small owl which breeds in tropical Asia from mainland India to Southeast Asia. They are a common resident of open habitats and have adapted to living in cities.  They roost in small groups in the hollows of trees or in cavities in rocks or building and nests in a hole in a tree or building, laying 3–5 eggs."<br />
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"It's rare for them to hang upside down and it was a very unique moment - I had waited for two hours in the same spot to make sure I wouldn't frighten him."<br />
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