Spotted Eagle Owl

We were returning from the far side of the Madikwe Game Reserve, after dark, after a long drive to see the wild dogs. As we neared our lodge the ranger shone his light on this owl – a Great Eagle Owl, he said.

I checked the SASOL Birds of South Africa yesterday, after processing this photo, and (bird expert that I am not) thought it was a Spotted Eagle Owl, not a Great – though still great to observe, in the darkness, staring down at us with those huge yellow eyes.

So I posted the image on the BirdLife South Africa FaceBook page, with a request for help with identification.

‘Definitely a Spotty,’ was the birding consensus.

‘A blinded owl,’ said some wag.

Point taken.

Eagle Owl

One response to “Spotted Eagle Owl”

  1. Mark Lafer Consulting Avatar
    Mark Lafer Consulting

    Years ago, on a visit to an avian rehabilitation facility, in West Virginia, I had my picture taken with one of these magnificent birds. Amazing light, for the size. Thanks for stirring the memory.

    I really should dig it out, scan, and post – so folks can see the owl, not me, of course.

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