Spotted Eagle-Owl

 

 

Spotted Eagle-Owl, (Bubo africanus)
Spotted Eagle-Owl, youngster , new out of nest , taking a stroll away from nest area , but not able to feed itself or fly yet, but waiting to be fed by parents.
Spotted Eagle- Owl portrait
Spotted Eagle-Owl

 

Spotted Eagle-Owls are the best known owls in Southern Africa, not only because they are so easily seen in towns and built -up areas , but because they seem to be “tame” and are well known for their hooting call, Hoo-hoo, and their profile with two  “ears”., visible at dusk perched on lamp poles and other prominent outlook posts ,like TV antennae.

They are unfortunately the owls, other than Western Barn Owls, whose chicks get taken out of nests and taken home as pets.

Eventually most of these orphans either die or end up in Rehabilitation Centres.

 

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Spotted Eagle-Owl in natural habitat
Spotted Eagle-Owl calling near nest
Spotted Eagle-Owl calling neat nest , note the white blown up throat area
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Spotted Eagle-Owl flying like a Bullet towards handler.

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