Owl - Standerton, Grass or Marsh??

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3 years 8 months ago #86541 by Grant B
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Hi,

Last week wednesday I was about 20km outside Standerton when an owl flew next to me whilst driving. Couldn't pull over but immediately thought it must be african grass owl as i recognized the facial features of a barn owl although generally much darker. Not knowing owls too well I looked him up, and found that the african marsh owl is also within range, and apparently is seen quite often during the day-time. Also, seeing the marsh owls features I am now unsure as to which one it is.. It was 9:15am in grassland habitat and there is a lot of water in the area due to recent rain. He was just flapping slowly low over the grass. So what could it be - grass or marsh?? <!-- s:?: --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_question.gif" alt=":?:" title="Question" /><!-- s:?: -->

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3 years 8 months ago #86542 by gordon
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Hi michaelcr,

I could be either Grass or Marsh, very difficult to say without seeing them first hand.

Presumably you did not manage to get photos?

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Gordon

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3 years 8 months ago #86543 by Grant B
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No unfortunately not... so both are active at day?

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3 years 8 months ago #86544 by gordon
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I have seen both species flying around during the day BUT the Marsh Owl is far more common during the day.

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3 years 8 months ago #86554 by Grant B
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O ok I see, thanks Gordon!

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3 years 8 months ago #86557 by gordon
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No problem!

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3 years 7 months ago #86582 by NickyO
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I would guess at a Marsh Owl... <!-- s:shocking: --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/shocking.gif" alt=":shocking:" title="Shocking" /><!-- s:shocking: -->

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3 years 6 months ago #86626 by Grant B
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Just an update, I saw him again at almost the same area this weekend, and can confirm that it was in fact a Marsh Owl, not grass owl.

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3 years 6 months ago #86632 by gordon
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Excellent, glad you got a positive ID! <!-- s:yes: --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/yes.gif" alt=":yes:" title="Yes" /><!-- s:yes: -->

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3 years 6 months ago #86653 by Grant B
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Like clock work saw the owl in exactly the same spot today - this time two of them, hunting. My camera is too slow with autofocus so took a video which I have uploaded here>>[url:npecn5fo]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=alUS5jUEFTY[/url:npecn5fo]
Here are some stills taken from that video:

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