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Re: Owl: African Scops

Unread post by Yolandé Oelsen » Thu Apr 02, 2009 8:53 pm

Satara's resident scops owl.

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Re: Owl: African Scops

Unread post by Rusty Justy » Thu Apr 02, 2009 9:08 pm

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

Unread post by Elsa » Wed Apr 08, 2009 10:08 pm

The most photgraphed Scops in Kruger, the Afsaal one. :D
and on its favourite branch. :wink:

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Re: SATARA SCOPS OWL

Unread post by Scottm » Tue Jul 07, 2009 7:47 pm

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Unread post by normana53 » Wed Oct 21, 2009 9:25 am

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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What kind of owl is this?

Unread post by maiper » Wed Aug 18, 2010 10:40 pm

Our guide said: Scops Owl, an other man said: Pearl -Spotted...(it had their size)
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Re: What kind of owl is this?

Unread post by Imberbe » Wed Aug 18, 2010 11:20 pm

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

Unread post by o-dog » Wed Aug 18, 2010 11:34 pm

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:

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Re: What kind of owl is this?

Unread post by Josh of the Bushveld » Thu Aug 19, 2010 9:26 am

Pearl-spotted has the fake eyes on the back of its head
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Re: Owl: African Scops

Unread post by Leeukos » Sat Mar 12, 2011 12:53 pm

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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Re: Owl: African Scops

Unread post by Jubs » Tue Mar 15, 2011 9:50 am

Well, I had to share these stories from Afsaal with you :)


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Re: Owl: African Scops

Unread post by Leeukos » Tue Mar 15, 2011 9:54 am

These are great pictures. :clap: :clap: :clap:
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Re: a few bird pics from our latest KP trip

Unread post by kathy sa » Thu Jun 16, 2011 5:04 pm

Scops Owl

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Re: Owl: African Scops

Unread post by Johann » Sun Jun 16, 2013 1:17 pm

Satara, June 2013
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