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kilos
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Re: Owl: Spotted Eagle-

Unread postby kilos » Sat Aug 22, 2009 5:37 pm

Took this image of the Female on the Nest.
Thats why if you look at the Spotted Eagle Owl webcam
its difficult to spot her in the nest

Uploaded 1024x768 image.Just waiting for the owlets to be born approx 2-8 Sep,as the 1st egg was laid on the 7 Aug and their are 3 eggs
http://bit.ly/4k8rtr

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Re: Owl: Spotted Eagle-

Unread postby Tracye » Thu Aug 27, 2009 3:43 pm

We had Spotted Eagle owls nest on our balcony adjacent to our bedroom last Aug.

We set up a 'hide' in the bedroom, suffered permanently closed curtains and overgrown garden for almost 3 months, and watched the owl family.

We live in a suburb in Jo'burg.

The female, Pot Plant Owl, as we called her, laid her first egg on tthe 21st of Aug last year. She hasn't laid yet although she's been back many times to the balcony pot plant, and made her scraping. I hope it's normal to have this delay??

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Re: Owl: Spotted Eagle-

Unread postby kilos » Thu Aug 27, 2009 6:01 pm

Wow that is a great viewing spot, please post some pics
I wonder if the cold weather in Joburg has effected the laying of the eggs.
So far still waiting for the little ones to start hatching I estimate
approx 2-10 Sep, as I am no expert, but they say 27 days from eggs
being laid it should start hatching, thats when then fun starts for the
parents to feed the young ones. ;-)

If you look at my primitive diary on the below link, they visit the nest alot before they start nesting
http://bit.ly/W4QFd

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Re: Owl: Spotted Eagle-

Unread postby Tracye » Fri Aug 28, 2009 7:37 am

Thanks Kilos. I had a look at your diary.

It seems to me that your pair visited the nest two weeks prior but for very short periods of time (a minute or two). Then the week before, they stayed a little longer.

I think we are anxious because our pair are heard many nights a week while we sleep. They nested about 4 metres from our bed, so it's hard not to stir when you hear them land on the nest / balcony.

Last week the pair we around our area lot - within sight most of the evening. This week, we've only seen one. For Monday and Tuesday this week, we woke up to scratching in the nest in the early hours of the morning. Wed and last night we never saw or heard the owls at all.

We were out early evening so perhaps they came at first nightfall. But I couldn't sleep from 4am and lay awake listening for them, but heard nothing.

From the many years your pair have nested in the same tree, is it normal to go a couple of days without coming back (or at least not that we saw or heard)?

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Re: Owl: Spotted Eagle-

Unread postby kilos » Sun Sep 06, 2009 11:36 pm

Monday is Day 32 of the incurbation period, so we should see a little
one shortly.
Sorry Tracye this is my first year of observation, I saw the fellows
last year when my son told me to come and photograph them
in mid September, I am uploading every motion detection
image when she moves in the nest so that I can see approx
within 5 min when the owlet is hatching.

Regards from Zambia - just arrived for the week.

Sitting in the nest
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Re: Owl: Spotted Eagle-

Unread postby kilos » Tue Sep 22, 2009 5:08 pm

Baby Owls (owlets) are coming up 2 weeks old and spend a fair amount of time under the female owl.
Yesterday a bird was threatening the nest and the female covered the little one with her wings as can be seen from the images from the Forum page
link posted some images of the babies when they sneak out from underneath the owl.
http://bit.ly/W4QFd

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Re: Owl: Spotted Eagle-

Unread postby kilos » Sat Oct 03, 2009 1:15 am

Took some pics with Nikon of the baby owls at 3 weeks old and its mother

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Re: Owl: Spotted Eagle-

Unread postby Tracye » Fri Oct 16, 2009 3:29 pm

We are pleased to announce that the Pot Plant Owls returned to their nest and laid their first egg on Oct 4. They are now sitting on 3 eggs, a mere 2 metres from our bedroom. We have set up a blog where we will follow the developments and a web cam will be running in a few days.

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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread postby Tilandi » Sat Mar 20, 2010 8:10 pm

Also in 2004. Top owl looks like a Cape Eagle-Owl and I'm not sure about the second owl.
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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread postby Barcud » Sat Mar 20, 2010 8:22 pm

Hi Tilandi,

:thumbs_up: for both species. The bottom Owl is a chick. They are called Branchers at this stage. Not yet fledged, but left the nest and move about in the branches of trees.

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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread postby Tilandi » Sat Mar 20, 2010 10:13 pm

Thanks Barcud :thumbs_up: Two more ticks :dance:
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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread postby Barcud » Sat Mar 20, 2010 10:24 pm

Hi Tilandi,

Sorry, but I got your Owl wrong I think. Yellow eyes and fine, narrow barring on underparts is Spotted Eagle Owl. I lightened your pic just now to confirm the eye colour.

Beware though that some Spotted Eagle Owls can have darker eyes, almost orange in colour and some Cape Eagle owls can have lighter coloured eyes than the norm.

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Re: Owl: Spotted Eagle-

Unread postby Lizet Grobbelaar » Thu Aug 05, 2010 7:15 am

Great shot! :clap:

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Re: Owl: Spotted Eagle-

Unread postby Spotted Cat » Tue Aug 24, 2010 1:54 pm

Birds were going crazy in my garden one morning. This is the reason why :clap:

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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread postby kellyee21 » Tue Jun 26, 2012 8:34 pm

Hello,

I found this owl in Addo on June 5 just after Matyholweni camp. From the orange eyes it looks to me to be a Cape Eagle Owl, can anyone confirm ? I am not sure what other differences to look for with the Spotted Eagle Owl. I saw him in the day, around 10 am. My partner thought I was nutz when I said to turn the car around there was an owl, but there he was. Thanks in advance.

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