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 Post subject: Re: Identification Help - Raptors
Unread postPosted: Tue Feb 21, 2012 10:29 pm 
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I have just spent the last weekend in the southern KNP and saw a number of raptors that I have not been able to identify and would like some help.

The first is this owl, a toss up between a Pearl Spotted and a Barred Owlet. I am leaning towards the latter. It did not call during the time we saw it and I was also not able to see the false eyes at the back of the head.

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I have a few more of Falcon/ Kite type birds which I will try to ID before posting for confirmation if I am allowed.

Thanks for all your patience and help for a real birding Rookie!

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 Post subject: Re: Identification Help - Raptors
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Rookie the Owl is a Pearl-spotted Owlet.


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 Post subject: Re: Identification Help - Raptors
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:thumbs_up: Agree with Matt!


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 Post subject: Re: Owlet, Pearl-spotted
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Even after I bought a bigger lens, they are still far away... :doh:

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 Post subject: Re: Owlet, Pearl-spotted
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My best sighting of a pearly, seen on the H7 in June 2012

Back of head showing false eyes

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 Post subject: Re: Owlet, Pearl-spotted
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Now that is how you take a photo of a Pearl-Spotted Own. :clap: :clap: :clap:

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 Post subject: Re: Owlet, Pearl-spotted
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Thanks Leeukos :thumbs_up:

This one seen in Mapungubwe. Just a pity about the perch it had chosen

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 Post subject: Re: Owlet, Pearl-spotted
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