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  Pel's Fishing-Owl

 

Scotopelia peli

(403) 63 cm; 2.1 kg

SEXES  Alike. Rufous colour, ‘earless’ head, dark brown eyes and large size separate it from all other owls in region. Legs unfeathered.

JUV  Fledges with white or pale rufous down, which it retains for about 6 months.

STATUS  Vulnerable. Resident and largely confined to protected areas; threatened by disturbance, river siltation and pollution. Historically more widespread and common.

HABITAT  Densely wooded riparian forest; swamp or lake margins with large shady trees overhanging water.

FOOD  Variety of small fish, usually 100-250 g, sometimes up to 2 kg; small crocodiles and frogs also recorded.

CALL  Low deep hoot repeated every 10-20 sec, audible 3 km away; also cat-like wail.

BR  Monogamous. Nests in large tree cavities; hr on average every second year.

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Xaxanaka

Camera: Canon EOS 7D Mk II

Lens: Canon EF 600mm f/4L

 

 

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Xaxanaka

Camera: Canon EOS 7D Mk II

Lens: Canon EF 600mm f/4L

 

 

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Shakawe

Camera: Canon EOS 7D Mk II

Lens: Canon EF 400mm f/2.8L

 

 

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Shakawe

Camera: Canon EOS 7D Mk II

Lens: Canon EF 400mm f/2.8L

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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