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Re: Owl: Pel's Fishing

Unread postby onewithnature » Mon Jul 29, 2013 3:08 am

As for me, I have only seen Pels once - in a large riverine tree along the H10 between Lower Sabie and Tshokwane. I was driving alone and enjoying the wonderful sunshine on that magic morning when I happened (is there such a thing as coincidence, or is it always meant, I wonder? :hmz: :hmz: ) to look backwards and to the left, whereupon I saw this large bird perched in the deep shade of a giant tree about 30m distant. I trained the binoculars on it and, lo and behold, it was His/Her Majesty. Unfortunately I was unable to get a pic because of the shade and distance, but I have a video somewhere that does prove it was a Pel's. :dance: :dance: :dance: :dance: :dance: :dance: :dance: :dance: :dance: :dance:
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Re: Owl: Pel's Fishing

Unread postby Tom124 » Fri Sep 27, 2013 6:16 pm

I'm very much a fledgling birder, but I was lucky to see two Pel's in flight in Botswana in August. Despite my inexperience, I know I must have had a lot of luck! They're really beautiful birds, and just one of many amazing sightings I enjoyed. I could post a "proof" photo, if SANParks wouldn't mind...
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Re: Owl: Pel's Fishing

Unread postby saraf » Sat Sep 28, 2013 10:02 am

It's a Southern African bird so its OK to place photos on the Bird Forum (birds don't understand borders), but for reasons of protecting these very rare birds and their habitat please don't mention any locations specifically.
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Re: Owl: Pel's Fishing

Unread postby Tom124 » Sat Sep 28, 2013 2:13 pm

:thumbs_up: Saraf

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Re: Owl: Pel's Fishing

Unread postby Johan van Rensburg » Thu Nov 07, 2013 10:48 am

We have two beds open at the Balule Bash. It can either be taken up by a couple (one hut) or two individuals. The arrangements are flexible, and we should be able to cater for virtually anyone...

Anyone interested should send me a PM as a matter of urgency... Time is NOT on our side!

The Pel's owl is high on the agenda (we have yet to fail seeing them on one of these Bashes...) and the strategy used to spot it is mindful of the owl's peaceful habitation of the area, us being in the hands of very responsible Parks super-guide Brenden.
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Re: Owl: Pel's Fishing

Unread postby Johan van Rensburg » Thu Nov 07, 2013 3:23 pm

I forgot to mention it is 14 to 17 November... soon, soon...

Where are those 'mites desperately in need of seeing a Pel's Fishing Owl when you need them? :rtm:
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Re: Owl: Pel's Fishing

Unread postby arks » Thu Nov 07, 2013 4:02 pm

Johan van Rensburg wrote:I forgot to mention it is 14 to 17 November... soon, soon...

Where are those 'mites desperately in need of seeing a Pel's Fishing Owl when you need them? :rtm:

Well this one if far far away in Cambridge, MA :(
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Re: Owl: Pel's Fishing

Unread postby Johan van Rensburg » Thu Nov 07, 2013 6:34 pm

The world is an oyster, arks... :lol:

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Re: Owl: Pel's Fishing

Unread postby arks » Fri Nov 08, 2013 2:27 am

But unfortunately with previous commitments, so not this time. Sure hope you DO get a taker on this as it sounds like a super opprtunity for great birding in great company :dance:
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Re: Owl: Pel's Fishing

Unread postby maretam » Fri Nov 15, 2013 3:23 pm

After many hours spend in Pafuri area searching for the Pel's we decided our best bet is Caprivi/Delta region. Were lucky enough to see 2 Pel's from our boat on the Okavango river. Spend almost an hour admiring these birds and trying to get pics in between the branches.

Still hoping to see a born and bred South African Pel's though and heading North in KNP in April and August again! Will keep my eyes open!

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Re: Owl: Pel's Fishing

Unread postby Johan van Rensburg » Mon Nov 18, 2013 5:46 am

The Balule Bash has kept up its 100 percent record. Every Basher that went on the walk to search for a Pel's Fishing Owl have been rewarded with a (sometimes multiple) sighting of the sought-after bird.

Read the Balule Bash report especially if you are a 'mite who may be interested to one day have a close encounter with our largest and most difficult (to see) owl. Make an underlined entry in your book of Best Birding Tips... This information is gold dust!
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Re: Owl: Pel's Fishing

Unread postby johanrebel » Wed Dec 11, 2013 9:30 pm

maretam wrote:After many hours spend in Pafuri area searching for the Pel's
Pel's was seen from Luvuvhu bridge every evening but one during the eight days I was at Pafuri in November. That one evening had to be the one when a group of birders came looking for it.

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Re: Owl: Pel's Fishing

Unread postby onewithnature » Thu Dec 12, 2013 12:39 am

JohanvR, thanks for the fascinating link. :thumbs_up:
JohanR, so you saw Pels 7 times in your stay :big_eyes: ; or were you part of the Murphy birders group :shock: ?
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Re: Owl: Pel's Fishing

Unread postby johanrebel » Sun Dec 15, 2013 9:11 pm

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onewithnature wrote:[color=#4000FF]JohanR, so you saw Pels 7 times in your stay
No, I can't even remember whether it was once or twice. I know how blasé this sounds, but I don't really respond to Pel's sightings unless I'm really close to the bridge or there are others with me who want to see it. Same bird sitting on the same perch most of the time. After dozens of sightings that's not so exciting anymore.

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Re: Owl: Pel's Fishing

Unread postby onewithnature » Mon Dec 16, 2013 1:34 am

:lol: :thumbs_up: I think many people, however, would give a lot to see even one of those Pel's sightings, Johan. :wink:
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