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Owl, Wood

Unread post by wildtuinman » Mon Nov 21, 2005 6:50 am

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Unread post by wildtuinman » Wed Nov 08, 2006 5:56 pm

Any sightings of this bird in Wilderness?
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Unread post by Boulder » Wed Nov 08, 2006 7:39 pm

Hi WTM,

I've seen one at Sedgefield and heard one at Brenton on Lake so the must be at Wilderness surely??
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Unread post by Snoobab » Thu Nov 09, 2006 8:05 am

They are very common in the Sedgefield area, seen plenty of them there. If want directions to a very reliable stake out send me a pm.

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Unread post by Candy's Style » Tue Jun 03, 2008 8:10 pm

African Wood Owl
Strix woodfordii
Habitat: Forest and woodland also plantations.
Food: Mainly insects but also reptiles, small mammals and birds.
Breeding: There breeding season is in July to October. 1-3 eggs are laid normally in a tree cavity. Incubation is about 31 days. The young leave the nest by about 5 weeks of age and can fly by 7 weeks. The young remain with parents up to 4 months and sometimes stay until the next breeding season.
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Unread post by LaeveldLeeu » Tue Jul 22, 2008 9:13 am

There is a pair calling some nights at my home (In White River). Haven't spotted them yet.

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Unread post by Imax » Tue Jul 22, 2008 11:53 am

A few years ago a group of us were birding in Mkuze, when we heard the call one night. We took out our tape recorder and played the call back from tape. The owl called again a bit closer and we played the recording again, and so i went for a number of calls. Each time we moved closer to where the owl called and the owl moved closer to us. Till finally.....we met another group of birders with their tape recorder! :?

We did however see it the following night in the tree above our campsite. 8)

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Unread post by Peter Betts » Wed Jul 23, 2008 7:04 am

Has anyone seen a Wood Owl in Kruger...specifically in Letaba Camp and along the Olifants / Letaba River systems...I'm ona mission to see one in Kruger this trip. :shock:
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Unread post by Johan van Rensburg » Wed Jul 23, 2008 7:31 am

Imax wrote:A few years ago a group of us were birding in Mkuze, when we heard the call one night. We took out our tape recorder and played the call back from tape. The owl called again a bit closer and we played the recording again, and so i went for a number of calls. Each time we moved closer to where the owl called and the owl moved closer to us. Till finally.....we met another group of birders with their tape recorder! :?

We did however see it the following night in the tree above our campsite. 8)


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I really enjoyed your story, Imax. I tried luring a W.O. the same way in the same said Mkuze... didn't even raise another bird-caller! :lol:

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Unread post by Imax » Wed Jul 23, 2008 9:50 am

JVR at least you were spared the embarrassment :redface:

In all my years i have only managed to attract two owls by mimicking their calls, this wood owl and the pearl spotted owlet, that I frequently call closer by whistling the call.

For the incident in Mkuze I'm still trying to find the species Homo Sapiens sub sp. Ornithologistii in my bird book :lol:

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Unread post by Nannie » Mon Aug 04, 2008 5:29 pm

I need some help here,this Wood owl,has it had a name change. Why I ask is that a very long time ago, when I was young,I found a nest of owls.There were 3 little bundles of fluff with huge powder blue eyes starring at me from inside the hollow tree stump,gave me quite a fright.Anyhow at the time it was called a Woodford(spelling?) owl,also at the time it was was only the 3rd time the owl and nest were found,the time before being something like 20 years back.It made the head- lines in the little local newspaper of Somerset West as the nest was on the Vergelegen estate.The adult bird club members at the time offered me a substantial reward if I could find one again,spent weeks in the bush the next year.If this is the same owl is this then quite a recovery or would it be just a case of that it had being not noticed so often at that time.

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Unread post by Peter Betts » Mon Aug 04, 2008 8:04 pm

Nannie I havea feeling you are talking abouta Wood Owl here as the Scientific name is Strix woodfordii...so I think you are right there
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Re: Owl, Wood

Unread post by jgs » Tue Jan 20, 2009 3:14 pm

Managed to take these pictures of this beauty near Patensie in the Eastern Cape. He responded immediately to us calling him and came within a couple of metres of us.
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Re: Owl, Wood

Unread post by Skopsie » Mon Jan 26, 2009 8:10 am

While I was reading this thread a few nights ago, I heard our resident owl, and realised it was very close. I got the camera and torch to look for it. This pic was taken with my aim and shoot camera. The flash is really not the best there is!!

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Is this an African Wood-owl ?

Unread post by KNP-Junkee » Mon Aug 24, 2009 9:40 am

Could someone please ID this owl for me? I was told by another forumite that this might make a few birders a touch :mrgreen: and it could be a very rare sighting in Kruger :big_eyes:

If you walk towards the campsite from the shop, past the laundry and past the first ablution on the left. Turn rght at first road, about 50 metres on the right next to the road there is an old tree where this beauty was sitting.

Could this be a very special sighting for us?

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