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Sanctuary Wildlife Photography Awards 2014

SPECIAL MENTION: SANJEET MANGAT

All Aflutter: Shokaliya in Rajasthan is known for its healthy population of Indian Eagle-owls Bubo bengalensis, but that in itself is no guarantee of obtaining a good image. With infinite patience, the photographer waited at dusk as an Eagle-owl first alighted on a branch and then swooped down to an abandoned open-pit mine. After an hour and a half, the owl stretched its wings, allowing the photographer to make this stunning image, before taking to wing in preparation for its nightly hunt. Adults of this species have a resonant two-note call that can be heard at dusk and dawn in the arid, rocky scrub forests that they inhabit.

LOCATION: Shokaliya, Rajasthan

DETAILS: Camera: Canon EOS-1D X, Lens: Canon 800 mm. f/5.6L IS USM, Aperture: f/5.6, Shutter speed: 1/500 sec., ISO: 2500, Focal length: 800 mm.

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