Grahamstown Special - Cape Eagle Owl

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7 years 3 months ago #27670 by Rusty Justy
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Hi All,

Last year I was privelaged enough to see a Cape Eagle Owl not far from my residence here at Rhodes University Twice last year, today I decided to head back to the spot to see if I could relocate him as I had not seen him in the last 9 months....Not being very hopeful, but really wanting to photograph the species as well as find it for quite a number of birders, both local and from far away so they too could add the species to their lists.

I was lucky enough to find him tucked deep in a rock crevice, where he then flew from and landed in some harsh but better lighting conditions to be photographed! <!-- s:spin: --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/spin.gif" alt=":spin:" title="Spinning" /><!-- s:spin: -->

Here is one of the many photos I got for today!



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7 years 3 months ago #27681 by Dave Shedman
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Excellent photo indeed Justin, more than a tad envious here! Our owl list currently consists of two birds, Spotted Eagle Owl and Pearl Spotted Owlet. Maybe I could trade you an Ovambo Sparrowhawk for a Cape Eagle Owl? <!-- s:lol: --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_lol.gif" alt=":lol:" title="Laughing" /><!-- s:lol: -->

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7 years 3 months ago #27690 by Rusty Justy
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I will trade you any day :) Especially as Cape Eagle Owls sightings are few and far between, so the quicker you visit the better! ;) haha......im still missing the Pel's Fishing Owl!

There plenty Marsh and Grass Owls around Johannesberg to be seen, ands just north of Pretoria are the White Faced Scops Owls. You wont miss African Scops owls in Satara or Afsaal or Barred Owls further up near Letaba and Barn owls just seem to be the bird I dont see all that often.

I could get you Wood Owl down here in Grahamstown with ease too :D Pack Your Bags! <!-- s:twisted: --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_twisted.gif" alt=":twisted:" title="Twisted Evil" /><!-- s:twisted: -->

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7 years 3 months ago #27692 by mossie
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Hi Justin

Good pic. Those talons are amazing! Looks like they have been photoshopped in from a creature from a Sci-Fi movie :D

If I was a Dassie I'd be afraid <!-- s:shock: --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_eek.gif" alt=":shock:" title="Shocked" /><!-- s:shock: -->

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7 years 3 months ago #27695 by Dave Shedman
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Rusty Justy wrote: :D Pack Your Bags! <!-- s:twisted: --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_twisted.gif" alt=":twisted:" title="Twisted Evil" /><!-- s:twisted: -->


Sadly, time and money and the state of my beat up old Ford Fiesta rule out a trip any further than the local shops at the moment! However, Duncan alerted me to the Marsh Owls at Northern Farm being very active just before sunset at the moment and although we failed to get there last weekend, I just remembered Monday is a holiday so maybe I can persuade my other half to punish her little Kia Picanto one more time in pursuit of a lifer. Watch this space...

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7 years 3 months ago #27697 by Rusty Justy
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The things people will do to see a new bird is unbelievable <!-- s:lol: --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_lol.gif" alt=":lol:" title="Laughing" /><!-- s:lol: --> Tearing through the bushes in a Picanto is mild, so I can't wait to see those Marsh Owl pics.... <!-- s:twisted: --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_twisted.gif" alt=":twisted:" title="Twisted Evil" /><!-- s:twisted: -->

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7 years 3 months ago #27706 by Duncan
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Envious would be a total understatement. I can't believe that you have proof they actually exist. No seriously I would really love to get a glimpse of one of these and if I had a good day time sighting of one like your image shows it might actually bring me to tears. I know of alot of really experienced birders who would give a couple of thousand Ovambo Sparrowhawks for their first sighting of this guy.

A quick question was it hard work finding him?

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7 years 3 months ago #27707 by Rusty Justy
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Neither can I, after seeing him last year, nobody would believe me...and regarded the sighting as a Rufous morph Spotted Eagle Owl until I got these photographs. Well If you really want to shed some tears, make a plan to come down and try see it, as I said I only picked him up twice the whole of last year. So I dont know how long he will show for, especially with the building of 4 res's right next to the spot I saw him. I know a few experienced birders too who need this species, as mentioned a guy from Jhb with 820 on his life list is coming down to try see his first and I showed three local birders in the Eastern Cape him, and they all hadn't seen one before. I am sure many birders still need this bird.

If you know anyone keen on looking for him, they can contact me on 0829270685 or <!-- e --><a href="mailto:g09n1804@campus.ru.ac.za]g09n1804@campus.ru.ac.za[/url]<!-- e -->

I found him by accident last year, but if he is in the quarry he is easy to locate. The area is small, and the red winged starlings often locate him first! <!-- s:lol: --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_lol.gif" alt=":lol:" title="Laughing" /><!-- s:lol: -->

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7 years 3 months ago #27708 by Duncan
Duncan replied the topic: Re: Grahamstown Special - Cape Eagle Owl
If only I didn't have to work and I had money to spend then I think I actually may have been in Grahamstown tonight.

Thanks for the info I will keep it in mind for a time that I do have the resources

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7 years 3 months ago #27820 by Rusty Justy
Rusty Justy replied the topic: Re: Grahamstown Special - Cape Eagle Owl
Just a quick Update:

The bird was showing well today, seen first at 12:30pm today, by Phil Wittington and then myself at around 3:30pm.

Now if only a Pel's would be so obliging! :D

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