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Re: Owlet, Pearl-spotted

Unread postby Mant » Mon Apr 26, 2010 9:43 pm

Hi,

Saw this one in Tamboti Restcamp on the 26th March.

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Re: Owlet, Pearl-spotted

Unread postby Shi » Mon Apr 26, 2010 10:00 pm

Is that blood on it's feathers Mant?? :hmz: :hmz:


Saw this littlie on the H7 in Dec 07...Only one I've ever seen :( :(

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Re: Owlet, Pearl-spotted

Unread postby Rusty Justy » Tue Apr 27, 2010 12:07 pm

Hi mant,

Your owl is actually a Barred Owlet (A better sighting by far) :D Well Done!
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Re: Owlet, Pearl-spotted

Unread postby Mant » Tue Apr 27, 2010 6:35 pm

Hi Rusty Justy,

I didn't realise that it was Barred Owlet, Pearl-spotted Owl's look exactly the same.

Thanks for identifying it for me.

Could the mods please move it to the Barred Owl Post if there is one?

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Re: Owlet, Pearl-spotted

Unread postby Rusty Justy » Wed Apr 28, 2010 10:37 am

Its a pleasure Mant! They are fairly similar looking.....the barring vs. streaking is a dead give away! Im sure many people have misidentified these 2 species before... :D
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Re: Owlet, Pearl-spotted

Unread postby Robbie A » Wed Apr 28, 2010 1:46 pm

Which one is this guy? Captured close to Shingwedsi..

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Re: Owlet, Pearl-spotted

Unread postby Rusty Justy » Wed Apr 28, 2010 4:03 pm

Pearl-Spotted Owlet..... :thumbs_up:


There is no sign of barring on this bird...one can see the spots in the head, the spots on the back, and especially the spotted tail.....All features one could use to seperate these 2 species.

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Re: Owlet, Pearl-spotted

Unread postby Wild about cats » Tue Aug 03, 2010 8:00 pm

Seen after 08h00 on the H1-1

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Re: Pearl-spotted

Unread postby ndloti » Wed Aug 04, 2010 9:38 am

Richprins wrote:Nice pics, guys!Funny thing is, once you hear their distinctive call, even the most amateurish attempts by a human to "whistle" a reply can make them come closer!? :shock:


I have seen them fly up close after being called up by a wilderness trails ranger - seem to be territorial .
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Re: Owlet, Pearl-spotted

Unread postby wildtuinman » Wed Aug 04, 2010 10:01 am

My favorite bird.

They are currently remarkably easy to find in the area just north of Pretoria.

I have recorded them on a regular basis at the following locations during winter at daytime:

Tswaing Crater
Zaagkuil road
Borakalalo NR
Hennopsriver picnic spot
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Re: Owlet, Pearl-spotted

Unread postby Leeukos » Sat Mar 12, 2011 1:36 pm

Took the following pictures of the Perl-spotter Owl on the H2-2 about 2 km from the Afsaal picnic spot.

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Re: Owlet, Pearl-spotted

Unread postby cptphotographer » Tue Jul 05, 2011 4:04 pm

We spotted this litle cutie close to Shingwedzi in June of this year.

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Re: Owlet, Pearl-spotted

Unread postby Leeukos » Sat Aug 06, 2011 5:55 pm

I really need a bigger lens...

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Re: Owlet, Pearl-spotted

Unread postby FlorisCathy » Wed Aug 10, 2011 10:44 pm

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Re: Owlet, Pearl-spotted

Unread postby Johan van Rensburg » Sat Aug 20, 2011 3:08 pm

This is my best photograph of a pearly to date. I managed to call a pair closer to the Doispane Road near Skukuza earlier this month with the aid of a Roberts sound byte. Unfortunately the two wouldn’t perch together…

The pearl-spotted Owlet (Glaucidium perlatum) is one of South Africa’s commonest owls, distinguished by two black patches with white rims on the back of the head, which look like a large pair of eyes. This distinctive feature may help this diminutive “earless” owl to evade predators by making it appear larger than it actually is. As our most diurnal owl, the pearl-spotted owlet can be observed hunting a variety of prey types, with lizards, rodents, insects, birds and bats all targeted. Despite its relatively small size, powerful talons allow the pearl-spotted owlet to hunt prey much larger than itself.

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