Only 8 inches tall, the Scops Owl is almost invisible on the bare branch which is its home, in the Okavango Delta of Botswana. Its extraordinary camouflage includes anatomy and behavior -- its breast feathers resemble tree bark, and it keeps its eyes closed, so that it is less likely to become a tasty morsel to Africa's large diurnal birds of prey.
© Gregory G. and Mary Beth Dimijian