African Grass Owl Monitoring Project

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9 years 7 months ago #7426 by Doug
Doug created the topic: African Grass Owl Monitoring Project
Hi all.

Geoff Lockwood sent me this to put on Simply Birding.

Hi All.

The African Grass Owl is listed as Vulnerable in the Eskom Red Data Book of
Birds of South Africa, Lesotho and Swaziland - with an estimated population
in these countries of < 5000 individuals. The data quality upon which this
assessment is based is regarded as poor however and given the cryptic nature
and behaviour of the species it is possible that it is more common than
currently believed.

We are in the process of establishing an African Grass Owl task force under
the umbrella of EWT's Bird of Prey working group, with the aim of filling in
the gaps in our current knowledge of the distribution, biology and
appropriate conservation management of Grass Owls and would appreciate any
information from netters.



Anyone who can supply GPS co-ordinates for Grass Owl sightings - giving
date, location and number of owls present could greatly increase our
understanding of this species. GPS co-ordinates of any road-kills of this
species would also be useful. Sightings, or any other information regarding
Grass Owls that might be of interest can be emailed directly to me at
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Thanks for your help on this one

Geoff Lockwood

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9 years 7 months ago #7432 by Hanno Pretorius
Hanno Pretorius replied the topic: BTech research on African Grass Owls
Hi all,

Cool post!

Matt Pretorius is also directly involved in African Grass Owl research for the University of Technology in Tshwane (Pretoria.) He is completing his BTech in this field.

The information in the above post (i.e. "[i:3qry2fp2]Anyone who can supply GPS co-ordinates for Grass Owl sightings - giving date, location and number of owls present could greatly increase our understanding of this species. GPS co-ordinates of any road-kills of this species would also be useful. Sightings, or any other information regarding Grass Owls that might be of interest...[/i:3qry2fp2]") is also of great use to his research.

Contact him on his website: [url:3qry2fp2]http://grassowl.blat.co.za[/url:3qry2fp2]
He has been in contact with Geoff Lockwood.

Hanno

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5 years 4 months ago #73986 by wildtuinman
wildtuinman replied the topic: Re: African Grass Owl Monitoring Project
A friend of mine discovered 3 African Grass-Owlets on his plot recently.

We went out to pay a visit and Laine got these photos of the chicks.





Matt was called in to tag them. Unfortunately 2 of the three chicks passed away and the third was taken away for safe keeping. We are still awaiting the results from the biopsy, but early indications are that they consumed poisoned rats.

Very sad.

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