Real life angry bird on gaya island

Gaya Island, Tunku Abdul Rahman Park: We had a feathered visitor of the rather large variety at the Gaya Island dive station on Friday the 13th.

Although beautiful, the owl didn’t look too friendly; in fact, the owl reminded a bit of the all too popular Angry Birds.

There is plenty of superstition, if you’re in to that kind of thing, to link to owls.

In some cultures they are revered and hailed as wise, but in other cultures they are feared, associated with witchcraft and death.

If you lean to the darker side of superstitions and you encounter an owl on Friday the 13th, you may well find youself on guard.

Somehow Richard convinced Ollie the Owl to come closer for a staring competitionBut bad omens be damned.

Ollie the Owl, as he was cleverly named, was in fact a friendly and most welcome visitor to our PADI 5 Star IDC Dive Centre on Gaya island last weekend.

One of the many curious wild animals that visits the dive station every now and then, Ollie the Owl spent quite some time around the centre and got ever closer and friendlier.

Eventually Richard had charmed the owl so much that he managed to get real close for some outstanding photos and a bit of a 1-on-1 chat session too.

You can check out more photos of Ollie the Owl in our Wild Animals of Gaya Island photo album, which is a collection of Ollie and all the other animals that have visited our dive station in recent months.

Of course, we still actually dive at the dive centre too, so if you want to learn to dive in Kota Kinabalu, do contact us.