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Owlet: African Barred Owlet

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Fri Aug 05, 2005 11:44 pm Unread post
We saw this little fellow on two separate ocassions in 3 days on the H4-2 between Crocbridge and Lower Sabie.

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Fri Oct 27, 2006 2:12 pm Unread post
In Orpen on the September long weekend there was one that called almost all nite and day which made it easy to locate him.
Very rewarding little bird.



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Fri Sep 28, 2007 4:22 pm Unread post
Saw this one (a lifer for me and I have looked for him for 50 yrs nearly!!) near Biyamiti Weir last week

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Thu Oct 04, 2007 9:32 am Unread post
Only ever seen one - and it was in the same tree as a Martial eagle. I was about to tick it off as a pearlie, but it looked a bit different. On further scrutiny we saw it was a barred :dance:



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Fri Oct 05, 2007 8:17 pm Unread post
Snapped this little guy at Biyamiti early August 2007. Only realised afterward how lucky I was to have seen him.

I was taking a stroll towards the bird hide and saw him fly into a young tree close to the fence - I rushed back to fetch my binocs and camera, and when I returned he was still there - and he and I had a good chat before he flew off!

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Wed Oct 17, 2007 4:01 pm Unread post
I saw this one on the H5, close to the turn-off from the H4-2.

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Photo taken in May 2005


Re: Owlet: African Barred Owlet

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Thu Apr 02, 2009 12:15 am Unread post
Seen these owlets on (almost) every visit to Biyamiti, in the trees right outside the bungalows.

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Re: Guru Owl

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Mon Jul 27, 2009 2:03 pm Unread post
Hi everyone
I was so excited to see the topic "Guru owl" and after reading all the posts I realized that it was named this because Owl started it....was disappointed because i am owl-mad (nothing personal Owl...)

Anyway, see my lovely picture of a Barred Owl taken in Talamati in April.
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Mon Jul 27, 2009 7:43 pm Unread post
Thats a great pic kingfisha! i am still trying to hunt down this bird...i am hoping to get it when we go down to PE soon...There is a subspecies of this bird in the eastern cape 8)


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Tue Jul 28, 2009 8:03 am Unread post
Batmad wrote
Thats a great pic kingfisha! i am still trying to hunt down this bird...i am hoping to get it when we go down to PE soon...There is a subspecies of this bird in the eastern cape 8)


I don't want to discourage you Batmad but you have a far better chance of seeing one in Kruger or Mapungubwe.
They are quite few and far between in the Eastern Cape as I understand it and hardly ever seen. There was quite a nice article about the subject in the African Birds & Birding issue of October 2008 (you'll need to be a subscriber to read the article unfortunately), describing how difficult it was to get sight of one in the area. They searched for months and although hearing them often they could only get one visual in riverine habitat. Seem to have had better luck in the euphorbia-dominated areas.
Keep an eye and ear out though, you might just be extremely lucky.


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Tue Jul 28, 2009 6:51 pm Unread post
Thanks for the heads up Johann :thumbs_up:

I read that article and i agree with you my chances are slim but atleast i aim high :roll:


Re: Identification Help - General Birds

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Sun Oct 04, 2009 3:31 pm Unread post
Hi Again...this time its a little Owlet...posted it on the blog on Friday eve..but conflicting responses. Is it Pearl Spotted or African Barred Owlet? I dont have a pic of the back of the head...only this.

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Sun Oct 04, 2009 3:43 pm Unread post
Hey Martie it's a Barred Owlet because the neck area is more barred but the dead give-away is the spotted not streaked belly!


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Sat May 08, 2010 8:23 pm Unread post
Need help identifying this 'not very big' owl taken @ KNP in 2006. Sorry for the poor quality of the photo :( :D :D
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Sat May 08, 2010 8:48 pm Unread post
I would say African Barred Owlet! :thumbs_up:
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