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 Post subject: Re: Owl: African Scops
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I saw this one at Bateleur in exactly the same spot every day for thee days in October in a bush near the burnt out hide. I would never have spotted him if one of the workmen han't shown me.

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 Post subject: Re: Owl: African Scops
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The Afsaal Scopsie

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 Post subject: Re: Owl: African Scops
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Satara's resident scops owl.

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 Post subject: Re: Owl: African Scops
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Great Photo Yolande :thumbs_up: The refuse to open their eyes for me!!! :wall:

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 Post subject: Re: Owl: African Scops
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The most photgraphed Scops in Kruger, the Afsaal one. :D
and on its favourite branch. :wink:

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 Post subject: Re: Guru Owl
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I got this shot at Satara on 24 September.
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I hadn't seen a Scops before, I had no idea that they were as small as they are. Amazing camoflage, it was hard to distinguish from the tree bark.

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 Post subject: What kind of owl is this?
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Our guide said: Scops Owl, an other man said: Pearl -Spotted...(it had their size)
Please, who can help ? Thank you!

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 Post subject: Re: What kind of owl is this?
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The guide was correct ... Scops! :thumbs_up:

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 Post subject: Re: What kind of owl is this?
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There are 2 forms of this owl that occur. Newman states 'The grey form being commoner than the brown'. You will see that Grey form is often seen in Satara and pics are posted in KNP trip reports.
To me these two forms of the Scops Owl are so different in appearance that I wonder if they will ever be 'split' to some extent. I am sure that each of the two forms will each be associated with different tree species (ie each has evolved plumage camouflage according to the bark colour of main associated trees) although I haven't found any info on this, I wonder if a study has been done :hmz:

Either way nice pics of this rather fascinating bird :thumbs_up:

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 Post subject: Re: What kind of owl is this?
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Pearl-spotted has the fake eyes on the back of its head

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 Post subject: Re: Owl: African Scops
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I took the following pictures of the African Scops Owl at Afsaal.

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At the Afsaal picnic spot they had the following information regarding the Scops Owl:

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Our Resident Scops owl have made Traders rest their home for the past 12 years and have bred frequently. They are normally found widespread in savanna and woodlands of sub Sahara Africa. Absent only from treeless desert and grasslands and from dense forest. Most common in well-wooded savanna with up to 12 individuals audible from a single spot, but difficult to find by day.

During the day, keeps itself upright, long and slender with erect ear-tuffs and when approached, closes the eyelids to slits. Turns the head slowly to follow movement. At night, tucks the ear-tuffs away and becomes dumpy, round-headed and wide-eyed.

The following is taken from the information board at Afsaal, and I hope that there is no copyright or issue with me posting the picture of the board and adding the text.

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 Post subject: Re: Owl: African Scops
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Well, I had to share these stories from Afsaal with you :)


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 Post subject: Re: Owl: African Scops
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These are great pictures. :clap: :clap: :clap:

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 Post subject: Re: a few bird pics from our latest KP trip
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 Post subject: Re: Owl: African Scops
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Satara, June 2013
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