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Owlet: African Barred Owlet

Unread postby Jaco V » Fri Aug 05, 2005 11:44 pm

We saw this little fellow on two separate ocassions in 3 days on the H4-2 between Crocbridge and Lower Sabie.

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Unread postby Shidzidzii » Fri Oct 27, 2006 2:12 pm

In Orpen on the September long weekend there was one that called almost all nite and day which made it easy to locate him.
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Unread postby Peter Betts » Fri Sep 28, 2007 4:22 pm

Saw this one (a lifer for me and I have looked for him for 50 yrs nearly!!) near Biyamiti Weir last week

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Unread postby Bush Baptist » Thu Oct 04, 2007 9:32 am

Only ever seen one - and it was in the same tree as a Martial eagle. I was about to tick it off as a pearlie, but it looked a bit different. On further scrutiny we saw it was a barred :dance:
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Unread postby DinkyBird » Fri Oct 05, 2007 8:17 pm

Snapped this little guy at Biyamiti early August 2007. Only realised afterward how lucky I was to have seen him.

I was taking a stroll towards the bird hide and saw him fly into a young tree close to the fence - I rushed back to fetch my binocs and camera, and when I returned he was still there - and he and I had a good chat before he flew off!

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Unread postby Katja » Wed Oct 17, 2007 4:01 pm

I saw this one on the H5, close to the turn-off from the H4-2.

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Re: Owlet: African Barred Owlet

Unread postby Scottm » Thu Apr 02, 2009 12:15 am

Seen these owlets on (almost) every visit to Biyamiti, in the trees right outside the bungalows.

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Re: Guru Owl

Unread postby Kingfisha » Mon Jul 27, 2009 2:03 pm

Hi everyone
I was so excited to see the topic "Guru owl" and after reading all the posts I realized that it was named this because Owl started it....was disappointed because i am owl-mad (nothing personal Owl...)

Anyway, see my lovely picture of a Barred Owl taken in Talamati in April.
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Re: Guru Owl

Unread postby Batmad » Mon Jul 27, 2009 7:43 pm

Thats a great pic kingfisha! i am still trying to hunt down this bird...i am hoping to get it when we go down to PE soon...There is a subspecies of this bird in the eastern cape 8)
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Re: Guru Owl

Unread postby Johann » Tue Jul 28, 2009 8:03 am

Batmad wrote:Thats a great pic kingfisha! i am still trying to hunt down this bird...i am hoping to get it when we go down to PE soon...There is a subspecies of this bird in the eastern cape 8)


I don't want to discourage you Batmad but you have a far better chance of seeing one in Kruger or Mapungubwe.
They are quite few and far between in the Eastern Cape as I understand it and hardly ever seen. There was quite a nice article about the subject in the African Birds & Birding issue of October 2008 (you'll need to be a subscriber to read the article unfortunately), describing how difficult it was to get sight of one in the area. They searched for months and although hearing them often they could only get one visual in riverine habitat. Seem to have had better luck in the euphorbia-dominated areas.
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Re: Guru Owl

Unread postby Batmad » Tue Jul 28, 2009 6:51 pm

Thanks for the heads up Johann :thumbs_up:

I read that article and i agree with you my chances are slim but atleast i aim high :roll:
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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread postby Mgoddard » Sun Oct 04, 2009 3:31 pm

Hi Again...this time its a little Owlet...posted it on the blog on Friday eve..but conflicting responses. Is it Pearl Spotted or African Barred Owlet? I dont have a pic of the back of the head...only this.

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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread postby pantera leo » Sun Oct 04, 2009 3:43 pm

Hey Martie it's a Barred Owlet because the neck area is more barred but the dead give-away is the spotted not streaked belly!

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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread postby Tilandi » Sat May 08, 2010 8:23 pm

Need help identifying this 'not very big' owl taken @ KNP in 2006. Sorry for the poor quality of the photo :( :D :D
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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread postby pantera leo » Sat May 08, 2010 8:48 pm

I would say African Barred Owlet! :thumbs_up:


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