Rolling With the Punches
Photograph by Tim Laman
The Mantanani scops-owl prowls the night above small islands surrounding Palawan, the westernmost Philippine province. Although threatened by habitat loss, this is one of the fortunate few species that can survive in disturbed and second-growth forests. At least 16 species of owl are endemic to the archipelago, including the vulnerable Philippine eagle-owl, which, with a wingspan of about four feet (one meter), is one of the largest owls in the world.