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Unread postby kiki » Sat Dec 03, 2005 9:05 pm

Great birds aren't they?

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Unread postby Elsa » Sat Dec 03, 2005 9:32 pm

It is a lovely owl and once you have seen it and heard its call, very difficult to forget.
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Unread postby wondercloak » Wed Jan 04, 2006 4:45 pm

I love Spotted Eagle Owls...every house that I've lived in in SA has had a resident pair. The best experience had to have been while living in Dainfern in Joburg.
If you ever go there, take a wander down the 10th fairway under the trees lining the stream.
I watched a family of 4 every day (and many nights) for some months and saw the little munchkin fluff-balls grow into almost-adult birds. A fantastic experience as I could get within a metre or two of them without them flying off. I got some nice shots but the experience taught me more about photography than any other experience could have done.
Owls are often difficult to photograph as even during the day they sit in shade and a flash is needed...but the composition of their amazing eyes means that you need an off-camera flash set-up or you get red-eye that can't simply be reduced by using normal red-eye reduction flash.
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Unread postby DebM » Wed Feb 01, 2006 5:27 pm

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Mis-laid the bird list :redface:, pretty sure this is a spotted eagle owl, can someone confirm ID, if its not I'm sure the mods ( :pray: ) will redirect it.
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Unread postby wildtuinman » Thu Feb 02, 2006 6:30 am

Yeah it is. The similar looking Cape eagle owl does not occur in Kruger and has orange eyes. Nice pic! :wink:
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Unread postby arks » Wed Feb 21, 2007 4:17 am

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Unread postby francoisd » Thu Mar 15, 2007 3:09 pm

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Unread postby Bush Baptist » Sat Sep 15, 2007 1:24 pm

Great excitement. Wednesday's Cape Times showed a pic of a Cape eagle owl not too far from my home. A few phone calls later and I was on my way this morning to get a long outstanding tick. The tree was pointed out and the bird was spotted. (Pun intended) The yellow eyes stared back at me before closing again. Although magnificent specimens they both were, alas, they were spotted eagle owls which I have seen many times before. Still, it you don't investigate you won't find out. Some day......

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Unread postby francoisd » Mon Sep 29, 2008 4:22 pm

It seems that these owls like nesting in strange places. Went to Paternoster for the weekend and found this.

Just a view of the surroundings. Note the location of the low white wall with the front end of a rowing boat that serves as a pot for plants in the middle of the picture as well as the tall trees in the back right.
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Here is the contents of the potplant.
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Mom and Dad would keep watch from the tall tree during the day. If someone approached the nest they would give a call and the chicks would hide away for a while. At night the parents would come in closer to feed the chicks. Apparently one of the adults attacked the owner of the place we rented a couple of weeks back when he ventured to close, but they did not have problems with me taking a couple of snaps and showing my daughter the owlets
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Unread postby Eugene123 » Wed Jan 07, 2009 4:18 pm

One of two chicks at Delta Park, JHB

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Unread postby granjan » Thu Jan 15, 2009 3:13 pm

These two chicks were raised behind a rock next to one of the busiest paths in Kirstenbosch.
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and thanks to attentive parents...

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are now successfully fledged

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Unread postby DuQues » Thu Jan 15, 2009 3:33 pm

I could not stop myself, and did a little edit on the second photo... :wink:

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Unread postby Yolandé Oelsen » Thu May 21, 2009 8:30 am

These 2 are resident in my in-laws garden, also in Noordheuwel.

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Re: Owl: Spotted Eagle-

Unread postby Mant » Tue Jun 09, 2009 1:33 pm

Hi,

I saw this Spotted Eagle Owl on a Sunset Drive from Berg - en - dal.

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Unread postby Rusty Justy » Thu Jun 11, 2009 3:00 pm

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