Giant Owl Not Seen for 150 Years Pictured in the Wild for the First Time

Nature is wonderful, and we just can’t get enough of the truly amazing moments we capture when we’re surrounded by it.

Thanks to researchers, there’s finally some even more good news as a giant owl that’s not been seen for 150 years has finally been pictured in the wild for the first time!

The Shelley’s eagle-owl, a very rare species, has been spotted in Ghana by researchers Dr Joseph Tobias and Dr Robert Williams, and it’s a very big deal!

According to BirdLife International, the Afrotropical creature is listed as vulnerable, with a very small population due to the clearance of its habitat for timber and agriculture.

So, you can imagine just how excited the researchers were when they happened upon their find, let alone managed to photograph the beauty.

And even though these owls are one of the largest of their species…

There’s very little information on them, making it all the more exciting. And no wonder there’s no information as it hasn’t been spotted for a whopping 15o years!

“When we lifted our binoculars, our jaws dropped”, said Dr Tobias.

“It was so large, at first we thought it was an eagle,” he explained.

And the bird has never been photographed in the wild, with the only photos to actually exist being blurred, and at a zoo in the 1900’s…

So, I can only imagine just how amazed both Tobias and Williams are!

“We hope this sighting draws attention to Atewa forest and its importance for conserving local biodiversity,” Dr. Williams expressed.

And although agriculture has become a vital part of the society we live in, it’s also extremely damaging to our planet.

According to WWF: “The most common pressures causing deforestation and severe forest degradation are agriculture, unsustainable forest management, mining, infrastructure projects, and increased fire incidence and intensity.”

“Hopefully, the discovery of such a rare and magnificent owl will boost these efforts to save one of the last wild forests in Ghana,” Dr. Williams finished.

Let’s hope we see more of this beautiful creature in the future.