Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Owls of the Namib

The most frequently encountered owl is always pearl-spotted owlet Glaucidium perlatum, photographed here at Okaukuejo (Etosha).

Namibia always produces a handful of owls with little effort. Besides the species pictured here we also watched Verreaux's eagle-owl (Bubo lacteus) catching rodents under the spotlights at the Okaukuejo waterhole. An African marsh owl (Asio capensis) at the same spot on one night was my first sub-Saharan individual and barn owl (Tyto alba) showed here too. Spotted eagle-owl (Bubo africanus) eluded us yet again.

Halali (Etosha) is the spot for roosting owls, the security guys there can put you onto roosting birds like this southern white-faced owl Ptilopsus granti.

Another easy Halali bird is this male African scops-owl (Otus senegalensis), always found roosting close to the nest tree.

1 comment:

  1. Great stuff Phil! Thanks! (but you really should think about changing your profile shot ;-)