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Spotted Eagle Owl

Spotted Eagle Owl
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Copyright: Tim Inman (tinman) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 242 W: 7 N: 458] (2663)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-03-20
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon F801, Nikkor AF 70-210mm F4-5.6, Colour Print ISO100, Hoya UV Filter
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2005-04-20 7:59
Viewed: 4788
Points: 30
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Spotted Eagle-Owl Bubo africanus

Alternative names: African Eagle Owl.

Field characters: 43-47cm, 700g.
Sexes similar in plumage but f slightly larger. Ad: Most familiar large ‘eared’ owl in South Africa.

Confusing species: Most like larger, heavy-footed Cape Eagle Owl, especially rufous-brown form, but less heavily marked, notably on the chest, and with yellow not orange eyes.
Voice: Main call a mellow two- or three-syllable hoot, 'whoo-whoo' or 'whoo-are-you', rising and falling in pitch and often uttered by a pair, sometimes in duet.

Distribution: Throughout South Africa extending north to Zaire and s Kenya, and then replaced in E and W Africa by the similar Greyish Eagle Owl B. cinerascens.

Movements: Generally sedentary and resident within 20-30km, but may extend to 695km.

Habitat: Occupies virtually every habitat in South Africa, from outcrops and drainage lines in western deserts to forest margin and grassland in the east, and from miombo woodland in the north to Karoo scrub in the south. Most abundant in more open scrub and grassland habitats for hunting, with low rocky ridges and trees for roost and nest sites. Resident in many towns and cities, nesting on buildings and hunting along verges and under street lights. Only rare in sand desert and high montane grassland.

Foraging and food: Most prey is caught after a slow glide down from a lookout. Once on the ground, prey may be chased on foot if necessary, or several small items picked up while walking about. Hunts mainly at dusk and into the night. Feeds on at least 60 types of prey. About 2/3 prey items are arthropods, but rodents, shrews and small birds form the main bulk of the diet. Diet also varies according to locality and season. Drinks regularly but open water not essential.

Breeding: Monogamous, solitary and territorial. Territorial in pairs. Visit nest site and cluck and bow to each other before laying. Copulation on ground or tree near nest, often after m has delivered food to f. Laying dates: Almost any time of year except Mar, but mainly Jun-Nov with marked peak in Aug-Oct. Eggs: 1-6, usually 2-3, laid at 1-4d intervals. Larger clutches when food plentiful Incubation: 29-33d from laying of first egg, by f, fed at nest on prey delivered by m, about 3-4 times/night. F leaves nest briefly to feed and defaecate. Development and care of young: Nestling period 40-42d. Chick hatches with white down and eyes closed. Eyes open after about 1w. Chicks leave the nest 4-6wks after hatching. F broods small chicks until about 10d old, then spends decreasing amount of time at nest and helps m with hunting, but remains near nest by day in defence.

Taken at the Sanctuary near Monk's Cowl, Drakensberg. This one was next on the display to show how it flys so silently when it comes in to take food from the handler.

Scanned in, cropped 800x600, USM {300,1,0], contrast +10, resized and framed.

Please let me know what you think. Thanks. Tim

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  • Sneza Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Silver Note Writer [C: 94 W: 27 N: 16] (672)
  • [2005-04-20 8:10]
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What a grim face.
Good composition and colours.
I like DOF.
Well done.

Now, here's an Owl with an attitude. What a shot and pose.!!!
Well done on this composition and details. Sort of has that look my cat gives now and then.


Good picture, Tim.
I like the pose, Very good details, colours and compostion.
Great and informative note.
Very well done.

Great shot Tim!
The pose of the bird is simply superb and you've captured it perfectly.
I really like it.
Well done!

This is not a happy boy :D

this shot is stunning.. great details, good POV, Love the EYE !!

Well done

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  • Luc Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1835 W: 301 N: 4287] (14767)
  • [2005-04-20 9:39]
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Personal assessment of the photo: great.
Good visual impact.
Aptness of the photo for the site: excellent.
Personal assessment of the note: complete.
Well seen and well done, Tim.

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  • Toni Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 403 W: 2 N: 316] (2034)
  • [2005-04-20 16:42]
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He looks mean with his brooding eye and head twisted around. Magnificent details and contrasts. Lovely colours too.
Well done.

A very nice capture on this owl. A great pose by your subject. Ecellent color and detail in this shot. Nice Work!

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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2005-04-20 23:56]
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Great shot of the owl, Tim. What an interesting color it has. Sort of green-gray. Very sharp details. You caught a wonderful expression on him. Excellent POV. TFS.

Great portrait, very nice pose and good sharpness. Nice eye colour.
Well done.

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  • TAZ Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2241 W: 47 N: 3167] (10926)
  • [2005-04-21 3:45]
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Beau et intéressant portrait pour ce superbe oiseau qui a un drôle de regard. Jolies couleurs et bonne netteté.
Well Done !

Very well captured Tim.
He seems to be having a bit of an attitude thing going on.
Good detail, color and lighting.
Thank you for another fine posting.

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  • jossim Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1538 W: 5 N: 2240] (12636)
  • [2005-04-25 22:15]
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Une superbe prise, l'éclairage et la prise de vue sont parfaits.


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  • livios Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2150 W: 319 N: 4263] (16942)
  • [2005-04-29 17:36]
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Tim, vivid colors, great pose, great look.

A really excellent picture with a great sharpness.

Hi Tim it looks as if a painter missed some spots, but he is a great owl and the compo is sharp along with the lighting, well done...

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