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Owl: African Scops

Unread postby Wild@Heart » Thu Jan 27, 2005 7:38 am

Only recently discovered the joys of birding and not knowing so much...can anyone please tell me.

The African Scops-Owl, are they commonly spotted in the KNP or can it be classified as a nice sighting..

I just think their too adorable.
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Unread postby wildtuinman » Thu Jan 27, 2005 8:28 am

Unfortunately it is quite common, but to see them is not as easy. If you know their call then it would be better to track them down.

Best place for me to see them is in Satara near the reception office in those trees near the parking areas. You'll distinctly hear the frog-like pruuuppp - pruuuppp - pruuuppp.

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Unread postby Shikra » Thu Jan 27, 2005 9:48 am

Letaba is great for Scops Owls but as Wildtuinman says, not easy to see. Try to locate them by their calls at night but even then they are like ventriloquists, they can be quite difficult to pinpoint but when you eventually manage you will see why they are so difficult to see.

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Unread postby Freda » Thu Jan 27, 2005 11:42 am

If you call at Afsaal, ask about their scops owl, it sleeps there in one of the trees.

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Unread postby Guinea Pig » Fri Jan 28, 2005 7:28 am

The little scops owl I took a pic of at Mooiplaas was sitting right above me. I would never have seen it if the attendant at the picnic spot didn't show me where it was. An older couple who were keen birders came over to have a look and the guy pushed away the branches so I could take the pic.

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Unread postby Foxy » Sun May 15, 2005 8:55 pm

Heard them at night at Satara end April 05 while we were there.

Also there was one we saw in a tree at Afsaal picnic area April - I think it was Freda who said it was there a couple of months ago as well.

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Unread postby wildtuinman » Tue Jun 20, 2006 6:41 am

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Afsaal Scopsie.

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Satara Scopsie

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Unread postby Elsa » Tue Jun 20, 2006 7:18 pm

We saw the Scops at Afsaal during our recent trip and they are true masters of camouflage, it took me an awful long time to actually get to "see" it as I was looking at what I thought was a lump on the branch, and that through binoculars. :roll:
We heard them calling on our night drive as well.
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Unread postby gwendolen » Mon Sep 11, 2006 8:29 am

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Satara, August 2006

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Unread postby bert » Tue Sep 12, 2006 5:48 pm

You cant miss it at Afsaal :wink:
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Unread postby jaapvandijk » Wed Sep 20, 2006 8:54 pm

This is how they call sounds like:

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Unread postby Duke Ellieton » Sat Oct 07, 2006 4:31 pm

This one was seen in a tree next to our bungalow, C64, in Satara in March 2006
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How to Spot a Scops

Unread postby Wildman » Sat Oct 07, 2006 4:36 pm

One of the best places in the KNP to see this small, secretive owl is Letaba’s camping site! How? Procedure: At night (in the Letaba camping site), wait and listen for a peculiar frog croak…except this sound comes form a tree! No, its not a tree frog, go look! (Take a torch.) Then, spot the small Scops owl! :lol:
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Unread postby Johan van Rensburg » Sun Oct 22, 2006 12:28 pm

Satara aint bad either. We had the privilege of having TWO roost in front of our hut A24, late September. Masters of disguise to the extent that my wife could not see them until I changed her position relative to the Scops owl so that it was silhouetted against the sky. Saw them three days running roosting on exactly the same branches.

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Unread postby bert » Sun Oct 22, 2006 1:59 pm

Indeed Johan, Satara is great for the little owl
This one wa roosting at the campsite, about 4 meters up
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