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 Post subject: 'Owls' about that then....Owls around the world.
Unread postPosted: Mon Apr 08, 2013 6:36 pm 
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Hi Everyone, especially you twitchers...

As I was sitting watching my local 'Little Owl' this afternoon I got to thinking about the different owls we see in Kruger and how many different types of owl there must be....
....and so I thought where better to find out than here.

So the task is set, what owls have you seen/photographed, which are your favourites and where have you seen them...and as you can imagine, Owls are my favourite bird :thumbs_up: .

To start with then my local 'Little Owl'...

Here it was yesterday about to make a jump/fly...

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and here it was a second later (not the best pic sorry)

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He/she always seems to have its beady eye on me..

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and if the adults werent cute enough, here is a young one..

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Please share your owl experiences :pray:

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Great photos! :D

Owls are my favorites too. :thumbs_up:

Here are some of my owl photos, of which the only one I still need to see and photograph is the Cape Eagle-Owl.

Marsh Owl - I have seen it in Kruger twice. At Punda and Satara.
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African Grass-Owl - Have not seen it in Kruger yet.
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Barn Owl - Saw it 3 times in Kruger, Punda, Pafuri and Pretoriuskop. They tend to nest in the big Baobab in Mopani, but I have not yet seen it there yet.
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Pel's Fishing-Owl - I photographed this one along the Olifantsriver.
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African Scops-Owl - Quite common in Kruger, but the best place to see it roost is in Satara.
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Southern White-faced Scops-Owl - Seen it up at Punda, around Lower Sabie and Berg-n-Dal.
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Pearl-spotted Owlet - a very common owl in Kruger, especially during winter months when it calls regularly.
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African Barred Owlet - Saw it twice in Kruger, H10 and between Croc Bridge and Lower Sabie.
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Spotted Eagle-Owl - another common owl in Kruger. Often seen during nightdrives.
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Verreaux's Eagle-Owl - A monster of an owl - often picked up by listening to its call. Fairly common throughout Kruger.
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African Wood-Owl - I only recently photographed this bird, in the Mopani Woodland of Hans Merensky of all places. I have only encountered this bird once in Kruger - up at Pafuri.

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thanks wildtuinman,a great selection of owls, I would really like to see a Marsh Owl, they seem very much like the Short Eared Owls we get in the uk, maybe not colour wise but how they hunt and fly.

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We also get barn owls here but you really only see them after dark and only if your very lucky..

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I will definitly keep my eyes open for one in Kruger.. :big_eyes:

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Dont forget the African Wood Owl pic Wildtuinman.. :D

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A couple of Owls from our Kruger trip last year...

Barred Owls....I think?

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I have seen and photographed all of the owls of Southern Africa. Except for the grass owl and Cape Eagle-owl, I have also seen them all in Kruger NP.

African Barred owlet: Seen only once in the extreme north of Kruger (Makuleke Consession)

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Scops owl: As WTM says, it is relatively common in KNP. This is one of the Satara birds.

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Spotted Eeagle-owl is a frequent sighting on any night drive in Kruger.

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Wood Owl: seen in KNP only in the Pafuri Camp. They have a resident pair there that are quite confiding…

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Barn Owls I have seen at night drives around Punda.

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Verreaux’s Eagle-owls are frequently encountered on night drives all over KNP. Their booming calls often alerts one of their presence.

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Pel’s fishing owl requires the most effort to get a glimpse of as their habitat is dense riparian forests which one normally have difficulty in accessing. There are well-known spots along the Olifants River and the Levuhu that regularly produces sightings. For the best (close encounters) one must get on a bush walk with a ranger that knows his feathers from his horns.

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Marsh Owls in my opinion are uncommon in Kruger. I have only seen this bird in the north of KNP. They are very common around my home patch on the Mpumalanga highveld.

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White-faced Scops owl: A regular find on night drives where the road is fringed by overhanging trees.

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Great pics Johan, and thanks for posting, especially the Marsh Owl..

Do you have any more to share with us......dont be shy :D

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Here are some more pics of our UK barn owl, it seems to be a little lighter than the SA equivelant.

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Come on you americans and ausies, where are your owls.... :(

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I missed posting my Spottie...

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Cheers Johan great shot,

Very much like our little owl.

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There is just something magical about owls! :)

My favorite bird call is definitely that of the Wood owl! I love the enthusiastic "Whoo" at the end. Seen a few but never got a good pic.

Last year we helped out with night patrols in Kruger and you have no idea how many thousands of owls fly around Kruger at night. The moment you stop the vehicle they land in the road hawking in the light.
Totally awesome!

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Please keep on posting! :clap:

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Another little owl from the UK.

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Spot The Birdie by saraf2011, on Flickr

And SA's pearl spotted owlet

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Hi Saraf,

That little owl is playing hard to get :tongue:

nice Pearl Spotted Owlet!

john :thumbs_up:

These 2 pics of a little owl were taken at a wildlife centre and not in the wild..

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john n poppy wrote:

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This is the most beautiful pic of an owl ever.

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