|Image courtesy of Tanto Yensen|
When two tiny Javan Scops Owls huddled together underneath a leaf to shelter from the rain in Jakarta, 36-year-old photographer Tanto Yensen managed to capture the picture with his camera.
The rare species of owl, known in Indonesia as the Celepuk owl, are native to the island of Java, Indonesia. Small in size compared to other owls, and with prominent ear tufts, its conservation status is considered 'vulnerable' due to loss of habitat.
Tanto says: “I was briskly walking home through the park when I spotted the owls perched on the branch of a tree.
“It had just started to rain heavily and the pair were huddled together underneath a flat leaf. It looked like they were using the leaf as an umbrella as they cuddled to keep warm.
“It was raining heavily in Jakarta for around an hour. Luckily, I had my camera in my bag, but I had to be careful not to get the lens wet.
“I used a plastic covering to protect my equipment which was a little fiddly. They looked so sweet that I couldn’t help but spend some time capturing the moment.
“I got soaked, but it was worth it.”
The photographer spent 20 minutes photographing the owls (which are 15cm tall) from a metre away before making his way home.
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