Tuesday, 5 February 2013

Spotted Eagle-Owl

Watching you! - Spotted Eagle Owl
I was quite lucky to get so close to these Spotted Eagle-Owls as they are quite shy and will fly off very quickly. The Spotted Eagle-Owl is quite big, grey-brown colour and light yellow eyes. It's got fine horisontal lines on the chest and stomach. They can easily be confused with the Cape Eagle-Owl which looks very similar but is slightly bigger, has a spotted underside and bigger claws.

Walking around - Spotted Eagle Owl
In Southern Africa, Spotted Eagle-Owls can be found in pairs in the bush and even in cities where they will look for food. They become 43-50cm (Gevlekte Ooruil - Bubo africanus)

A pair sitting in a tree

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