This camouflaged owl is seriously hard to spot
Can you spot the owl playing a game of hide and tweet?
The perfectly camouflaged owl is concealed in the tree as its feathers blend seamlessly with the bark.
It’s almost impossible to spot as it sits as still as a statue on the branch.
The owl is an African scops owl, a small owl found only in sub-Saharan Africa.
The images were captured by safari guide Roan du Plessis at &Beyond’s Ngala Safari Lodge, a private game reserve in South Africa where he lives and works.
Roan, 26, took the photos earlier this month in a bid to show visitors how skilled the reserve’s trackers were when it came to spotting animals.
He said: “I take guests on luxury safaris for a living. I would by no means consider myself a professional photographer, but the opportunities for capturing amazing photos are endless because of what I do.
“I was on safari with guests when I took these photos. I wanted to demonstrate how incredible the trackers are at spotting animals.
“I love the mopane leaves surrounding the owl in these photos and the colours it adds.
“I like the composition and colours of the photos and how it demonstrates the potential camouflage of these vulnerable predators.
“It’s not unlikely that I would be able to take more photos like this one because this is typical behaviour for the scops owl.
That is, of course, if we can find them.”