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Re: Owl: Pel's Fishing

Unread postby JenB » Mon Nov 12, 2012 6:12 pm

:big_eyes: I'm speechless!

What a pic Johan!! :clap: :clap:
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Re: Owl: Pel's Fishing

Unread postby anne-marie » Mon Nov 12, 2012 6:28 pm

wow !!! for the sighting and the picture :clap: :clap: :clap:
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Re: Owl: Pel's Fishing

Unread postby MattAxel » Mon Nov 12, 2012 9:17 pm

Absolutely amazing JvR :thumbs_up: :clap:

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Re: Owl: Pel's Fishing

Unread postby Tilandi » Tue Nov 13, 2012 11:07 am

Wow Johan !! Great pic and sighting!! :thumbs_up: :thumbs_up: Makes me :mrgreen: :mrgreen:
Still need to see it :( :D
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Re: Owl: Pel's Fishing

Unread postby Pumbaa » Tue Nov 13, 2012 1:37 pm

WoW, Johan :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen:

Absolutely incredible :big_eyes:

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Re: Owl: Pel's Fishing

Unread postby johanrebel » Sun Jan 06, 2013 9:41 pm

I was up at Pafuri in November/December, and saw at least 10 Pel's (I actually lost count) and could have seen more if I had wanted to. Most sightings were from Luvuvhu bridge (including two individuals on one occasion), a few not far upstream from there at Maluteni and Pumphouse Bend. I also heard a Pel's calling at Crooks' Corner one evening. There was also at least one sighting from the deck at Pafuri Camp.

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Re: Owl: Pel's Fishing

Unread postby PetraJ » Tue Jan 08, 2013 3:07 pm

Been in the Punda Maria area for most of December, and as everybody are always :big_eyes: about the Pels, I've never even considered that I would also see one.... and then on our way to work at Pafuri Picnic spot, suddenly we heard a sound, looked up and there it was flying very low over our car, makind that shhhhh sound in doing so. What a sight, what an experience :clap:

Johan, also heard from Frank that there are currently about 10 breeding pairs that he know off in the area. For 3 weeks we have been directing visitors to where we saw it, I really hope some of them found it as well.

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Re: Owl: Pel's Fishing

Unread postby Elsa » Tue Jan 08, 2013 3:18 pm

Great news on the numbers of Pels! :dance:
Nice sighting Petra and Johan for yours too! :thumbs_up:
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Re: Owl: Pel's Fishing

Unread postby anne-marie » Tue Jan 08, 2013 5:17 pm

you would say Pel's Fishing... become common :hmz: :shock:
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Re: Owl: Pel's Fishing

Unread postby johanrebel » Wed Jan 09, 2013 11:45 pm

Well, you could say they are fairly common in a few specific and restricted localities. The thing at Pafuri is that they are ridiculously easy to see, if conditions are right. That's a big if, though, as the water level in the river has to be right. When it is, you just have to check their favorite perches overhanging the river, one of which is right at the bridge. There is of course also a chance of seeing them on the river bank or in another tree, they don't always follow the rules.

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Re: Owl: Pel's Fishing

Unread postby Riaanf31 » Sun Jan 13, 2013 4:16 pm

Have to agree that the news on the 'at least 10 breeding pairs' is fantastic. Hope they can remain undisturbed for a few seasons so the population can keep growing.

Have never seen one in my 7 trips to KNP so as yet a Pel's fishing owl sighting remains on my bucket list.

Shout out to Frank for his excellent work as well.
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Re: Owl: Pel's Fishing

Unread postby Zapman » Mon Mar 25, 2013 9:51 pm

johanrebel wrote:Well, you could say they are fairly common in a few specific and restricted localities. The thing at Pafuri is that they are ridiculously easy to see, if conditinos are right. That's a big if, though, as the water level in the river has to be right. When it is, you just have to check their favorite perches overhanging the river, one of which is right at the bridge. There is of course also a chance of seeing them on the river bank or in another tree, they don't always follow the rules.

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Re: Owl: Pel's Fishing

Unread postby johanrebel » Tue Apr 02, 2013 10:31 pm

Well, those drops of rain they had up in the north back in January certainly sent the Pel's scurrying. I suspect they are now mostly hanging around the various pans (there seems to be one on every corner. Pan, that is, not Pel's), not the fast flowing and turbid rivers. Having said that, the only Pel's I saw during then days in the Makuleke CNP last month was along the Luvuvhu, during an afternoon walk just downstream of The Outpost (i.e. about a kilometer downstream of the Mutale confluence).

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Re: Owl: Pel's Fishing

Unread postby Waterbuck » Wed May 29, 2013 3:58 pm

Hey there PFOF (Pel's Fishing Owl Friends :whistle: ).

I need some advise / suggestions / inspirations / ideas or perhaps just some of your dreams. For the ultimate 4 or 5 day Kruger trip to see Pel's, what would the itinerary look like and what time of year. I am thinking winter with two days in Olifants (walking the river) and then 2 days in Pafuri. But what ideas do you have. Are there other spots that one may want to include (perhaps even places outside, but close to Kruger). Please share your thoughts :hmz: :hmz: :hmz: :hmz:
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Re: Owl: Pel's Fishing

Unread postby Riaanf31 » Thu May 30, 2013 9:42 am

Dear Waterbuck,

I've been searching for this elusive bird myself. Even my father-in-law who has visited the park since the mid 70's has never been lucky enough to see it. Your best bet might well be in the Pafuri area from what I've read in the past. There have also been the occasional sighting along the S3 just east of Skukuza.

Good luck with your search and if you encounter some, please share.
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