The Indian Eagle Owl (previously called the Great Horned Owl) has always fascinated me. One of my first encounters with it was when a couple of us school kids were walking along a dry river bed in Bhopal and the bird suddenly took off startling us. It settled a few metres away and we watched it with awe while it watched us with wariness.
We spotted a family with 5 young ones near the farm this February. We had seen a pair with its brood last year too. They are usually in the rocky ravines, the remnants of a quarry. They were mostly in the open even during the day.