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Re: Please, help about caracal and Brown hyena in KTP.

Unread postby anne catherine » Thu Apr 26, 2012 10:12 pm

And for the Caracal,we saw one last year at Nossob on a morning walk eating a Bat eared Fox in a tree, in the Marie se draii area.
No Caracal this year and no Brown Hyeana in three weeks :(
But we had neighbours in the park who saw a Caracal at Kij-Kij waterhole.

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Re: Please, help about caracal and Brown hyena in KTP.

Unread postby spanishwolf » Fri Apr 27, 2012 12:03 pm

Thank you very much for your information anne catherine. :D

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Owls - advice needed

Unread postby mariek » Sun May 13, 2012 6:36 pm

Hi everyone, I have seen some incredible shots of owls and have read about many a sighting on the great trip reports, and I am desperate to see and photograph owls in the daytime.

I will be staying in KTP in June at Nossob, Kieliekrankie, Twee and Kalahari tented camp and wondered if anyone has any tips on where to spot these magnificent creatures...and when?

Your help and advice is much appreciated.

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Re: Owls - advice needed

Unread postby Duke Ellieton » Sun May 13, 2012 6:46 pm

Hi Marie,

Barn Owls have a nest at the southern entrance of 14 Borehole. Just look into the big hole in the sociable weevers nest.

Spotted Eagle owls are seen regularly between Kalahari Tented Camp and Craig Lockhart waterhole

You have a good chance of seeing pearl spotted owlets and the white faced scops owl in Nossob camp.

Good luck

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Re: Owls - advice needed

Unread postby Gandalf » Sun May 13, 2012 8:42 pm

Wow Duke - Thanks for the tip about the barn owls. Will be looking out for them on our trip. I think that I must be the only bird watching Forumite to have to confess that I have been privileged to have seen the elusive Pels but not the barn owl :D

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Re: Owls - advice needed

Unread postby mariek » Sun May 13, 2012 8:43 pm

Thanks Duke! This is invaluable advice!

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Re: Owls - advice needed

Unread postby Scouter » Sun May 13, 2012 9:13 pm

mariek - the tree in front of the reception building at Nossob usually has a couple of whitefaced scops owls lurking/sleeping in it - check it regularly and you WILL find them - also maybe consider taking a sunset or night drive - we have always been lucky with owl sightings on drives like this - enjoy your trip !!
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Re: Owls - advice needed

Unread postby mariek » Sun May 13, 2012 9:23 pm

Thanks Scouter 8)

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Re: Owls - advice needed

Unread postby Duke Ellieton » Sun May 13, 2012 9:28 pm

You welcome Marie and Gandalf :thumbs_up:

Gandalf you not suppose to mention that Pe...'s word here :whistle: :mrgreen: :lol:

This is what you looking for at the southern entrance of 14 borehole

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Re: Owls - advice needed

Unread postby p@m » Sun May 13, 2012 9:42 pm

Great pics Duke :thumbs_up:

The big tree outside the shop in MataMata usually habours a couple of owls :lol:

Just ask at the shop or the petrol station as sometimes they're in the tree next to reception.

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Re: Owls - advice needed

Unread postby canon » Mon May 14, 2012 9:59 pm

Hi Mariek

We visited the KTP during April and were not that lucky with our owl-spotting. At Nossob we saw this lovely Pearl-spotted owlet in the big tree behind the laundry. Apparently this is a popular spot for these owlets as well as the Whte-faced Scops owlet

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The smaller trees around unit 10A and 10B are also favourites for the Whte-faced Scops but they really do hide away making photos quite difficult.

We have had a lot more luck on the section between Urikaruus and Mata Mata over the years. We have heard much about the famous owl tree between Sitzas and Craig Lockhardt but have never found the tree. Apparently about 15km from Mata mata. The Spotted eagle owldls nest on top of the sociable weaver nests in a grey camelthorn tree. Good luck - hope you locate it.

The staff at Mata Mata were certainly not much help when we were there in April. I asked in the shop and at the filling station about the whereabouts of the owls and the best I got was "hulle is maar hier rond". I spent a morning walking around in the camp and found a whitw-faced scops in the tree in front of the shop (well hidden hence no pics) as well as this pearl-spotted owlet in the large camelthorn tree behind the old bungalows (against the Namibia fence). It was interesting to see a turtle dove continually harassing the owlet.

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We were fortunate to have two sightings of the giant eagle-owl, the first on the Dalkeith loop and later on the 14de boorgat loop

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The spotted eagle owls were difficult to spot but we did see one early one morning near the Leeudril waterhole. The sun was directly behind the owl hence the poor quality of the pic.

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Good luck with your owl spotting. They are there - you just need to find them!
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Re: Owls - advice needed

Unread postby anne-marie » Mon May 14, 2012 10:14 pm

I saw this one on Dalkeith loop :dance:
this one of Nossob camp, sometime 2-3 trees further (right side)
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Re: Owls - advice needed

Unread postby Bush Baptist » Tue May 15, 2012 1:32 pm

The 'barn owl' tree is 100 metres south of the start of the loop to 14th borehole, on the left, and quite visible.

There are also white faced scops owls in the area.

In the very late afternoon, there is a juvenile Verreaux's (giant) eagle owl that hangs around the gate at 2R. and in the first tree north of the 'parking area' of the waterhole just outside 2R, some spotties also hang out in the late afternoon.

While driving through the park, just look for 'lumps' in the trees. Owls often stand there during the day.
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Re: Owls - advice needed

Unread postby Lonehill_Birders » Tue May 15, 2012 8:22 pm

We have just returned from KTP, and found Giant Eagle Owl just outside Twee Rivieren, sitting in a tree right next to the road, at about 10am. They can sometimes be seen at the TR picnic site, just scan the trees in the area.
We found Spotted Eagle Owl and Barn Owl at Kieliekrankie - just ask the camp attendant to show you where the Barn Owl roosts.
Whitefaced Scops was seen at the usual spot at MataMata, the tree outside the shop. You really have to look for them (we saw two), they are so well camouflaged. A Pearly was also active at the same time in a nearby tree (late afternoon, listen for bird alarm calls)
At Nossob the guys at reception will usually help you find the WFScops in the camp there. Pearl-spotted Owl is resident at KTC, and can be heard calling during the day, and we also found one at Nossob in the trees behind cottages 1 - 3.
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Re: Owls - advice needed

Unread postby Caracal » Tue May 15, 2012 8:37 pm

Good luck with your owl quest Mariek ..you are bound to see them..they are all over the park.
My most special owl sighting was on a New year's Eve at Twee Rivieren. We were sitting outside our chalet waiting for the magic moment to arrive when an owl landing on the ground right in front of us.....he waited for a few seconds until the New year had arrived and then disappeared into the darkness. We were the only two people awake at that hour in TR..at least we had my most favourite bird seeing the New year in with us !!!!


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