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Pearl-spotted Owlet

Pearl-spotted Owlet
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Copyright: Peter van Zoest (PeterZ) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2017-11-01
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D90, Tamron SP 150-600mm f/5-6.3 Di VC USD, Digital RAW
Exposure: f/6.3, 1/640 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2017-12-13 2:58
Viewed: 1188
Points: 16
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The Pearl-spotted Owlet (Glaucidium perlatum) is an owl that breeds in Africa south of the Sahara. This species is a part of the larger grouping of owls known as typical owls, Strigidae, which contains most species of owl. The other grouping is the barn owls, Tytonidae.

The Pearl-spotted Owlet is a common and easily seen bird in open woodland and savannah. It nests in a hole in a tree, such as a disused barbet nest, laying 2-4 eggs.

The Pearl-spotted Owlet is small (19 cm) and stocky, with a longish tail. The upperparts are rich brown, heavily spotted with white. The underparts are white, streaked with brown. The facial disc is white and the eyes are yellow. There are two eyespots on the nape.

Sexes are similar, but young birds are paler with a shorter tail. The flight is deeply undulating.
This species often hunts by day, and can be readily located by the small birds that mob it while it is perched in a tree. It hunts a variety of small prey, including birds. The call is a whistled tu-tu-tu-tu-tu-tu-tu.

Source: Wikipedia

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2017-12-13 4:31]

Hi Peter,another masterwork from your last trip! A great capture of this owl,despite the distance,the difficult light and the location too,i like its curious expression,it seems watching you. Very well done! Have a nice day and thanks,Luciano

Hello Peter,
Magnificent capture of a nice specie. Owls are rare in my region.....The intensive agriculture in the past few years is one of the reasons of the decline of this specie in my region.
Excellent details and colors.

Great capture and comment.
Well done.


Ciao Peter, great portrait of fantastic owl, perfect focus, beautiful blurry BG, fine details, splendid sharpness and wonderful natural colors,very well done, my friend, have a good week end, ciao Silvio

Hi Peter,

A magnificent image of the owl. The image is sharp and details brought out perfectly even in the low light.

Warm Regards,

Lovely shot of this owl grinning at us from his perch. Outstanding definition in the feathers and color looks spot on.

Hi Peter,
Absolutely gorgeous photo of a rarely seen owl species. Excellent clarity and details, no noise at all in the background. Spectacular pose with beautiful eye contact on one side - great composition and proper exposure on the other. Lovely shot, bravo!
Kind regards from Ireland, László

Hello Peter

Great shot with the frontal POV obtaining the expressive owl glance,
very beautiful light, excellent focus, sharpness, and details, TFS


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