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Re: Owl: Pel's Fishing

Unread postby Pumbaa » Mon Dec 26, 2011 11:55 am

WoW Scorpy,

what a privilege :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen:

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Re: Owl: Pel's Fishing

Unread postby anne-marie » Mon Dec 26, 2011 12:43 pm

wow ! superb... the sighting and the pictures :clap:
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Re: Owl: Pel's Fishing

Unread postby RayK » Wed Dec 28, 2011 1:01 am

Hi Scorpy,
I'll trade you two Leopard sightings to see the Pel's Fishing Owl (and I'm not even an avid birder). :)

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Re: Owl: Pel's Fishing

Unread postby Scorpy » Wed Dec 28, 2011 6:45 pm

Hi RayK

I'll see your 2 leopards and up my bid by another Pels pic.....please let me know where you are posting your leopard pics !! 8)

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Re: Owl: Pel's Fishing

Unread postby jesica » Wed Dec 28, 2011 7:27 pm

I am jealous, it is a good sighting :clap:
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Re: Owl: Pel's Fishing

Unread postby flying cheetah » Wed Dec 28, 2011 7:46 pm

RayK wrote:Hi Scorpy,
I'll trade you two Leopard sightings to see the Pel's Fishing Owl (and I'm not even an avid birder). :)
Only two???? I spoke to people who saw dozens of leopards over the years but still wait for one sighting of a Pel's :wink:
Fantastic sighting Scorpy :clap: :clap: :mrgreen:
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Re: Owl: Pel's Fishing

Unread postby jesica » Thu Dec 29, 2011 7:07 am

I saw about 25 leopards and not one Pel's Owl
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Re: Owl: Pel's Fishing

Unread postby LEIGHVLASSO » Tue Jan 24, 2012 2:06 pm

aaaaaaaaaaah!!!!!!! i am so so jealous, that is so awesome.
congrats wooooohhhhhoooooo
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Re: Owl: Pel's Fishing

Unread postby Scorpy » Thu Jan 26, 2012 11:01 am

Hi All
Thanks for the compliments :) - i have to admit that the sighting gave me an absolute adrenaline rush. The bird just sat there for about 5 minutes, as if it was posing for me. :D I looked down at my camera to change a setting, & when i looked up, it had moved behind some foliage and was gone. I was :( 'cos i could have done with more time to improve the quality of my photos, but that's nature - being in the right place at the right time !!
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Re: Owl: Pel's Fishing

Unread postby johanrebel » Thu Feb 02, 2012 2:33 pm

gmlsmit wrote:The only area where there is no decline of the Pel's fishing owl is the Levhuvu River Area.
When the water levels in the river are right, there is a couple of pretty reliable fishing perches on the Luvuvhu. These, however, are only accessible to guests staying at one of the lodges in the Makulke CNP. The local guides are also well familiar with the roosting trees along the river.

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Re: Owl: Pel's Fishing

Unread postby Riaanf31 » Sat Jun 02, 2012 9:46 pm

From this I take it that when visiting in September I'll struggle to spot this lovely and elusive bird.

I'll keep my fingers crossed and hope for the best.

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Re: Owl: Pel's Fishing

Unread postby Johan van Rensburg » Mon Nov 12, 2012 3:57 pm

During one of our walks along a tributary of the Olifants River during the Midrand HRs' Balule Bash earlier this month, I got LUCKY! in caps...

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As the Pel's fishing owl swooped in to its daytime roost I got off this single shot. I harboured very little hope that the picture would be in focus, but I thought it would at least be good enough as evidence that the floods that caused so much damage to the Olifants River earlier this year, did not take the Pel's owls with it!

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So, there is the evidence... :lol: and it is IN FOCUS as well!

To my mind, the stretch of Olifants River around Balule remains the best place in Kruger to get good sightings of the Pel's provided you get to walk with a ranger that knows his feathers from his horns...
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Re: Owl: Pel's Fishing

Unread postby naomi c » Mon Nov 12, 2012 4:11 pm

I am speechless and :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: !!! Congratulations on your sighting and your pic!!

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Re: Owl: Pel's Fishing

Unread postby Bushbuddies » Mon Nov 12, 2012 4:27 pm

WOW.... :big_eyes:

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Re: Owl: Pel's Fishing

Unread postby Bush Baptist » Mon Nov 12, 2012 6:06 pm

Great sighting & pic Joh. :thumbs_up:
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