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African Wood Owl

Strix woodfordii


Quite large, compare against Impalas below it in pic 2. I didn't see it on the day but noticed it in the picture just now, 6 years later!


Marula/Knob-thorn Open Tree Savanna.

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African Wood Owl
Strix woodfordii African wood owl

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JoshuaGSmith 7 years ago

It's common in its range, is found in this habitat, and is practically the only same colored earless owl in South Africa.

AdamRiley 7 years ago

I'd go for log on this one!

The fact that I had disabled the RAW function on the camera so that I could save lots of pictures on our 7 month trip around the world did not help. As this is a compressed jpeg and has lost a lot of data. I had even bought a second hard drive in Singapore but they just weren't big enough in those days. I took over 40,000 pictures on that trip.

Liam 7 years ago

Certainly looks like it has feathers to me!

It has even been suggested that it may just be an old log. I have posted another picture which is a bit clearer, it does have a hint of tail and wings and also perhaps an eye, but difficult to tell.

Liam 7 years ago

Could certainly be an owl, but with this picture quality, I'm not sure if it could be narrowed to species.

Sharp eye! I would never have spotted that!

Mbombela Local Municipality, Mpumalanga, South Africa

Spotted on Feb 29, 2008
Submitted on Jan 29, 2014

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