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Fauna & Flora South Africa
Animal & Wildbird Photogrpahy
LOCATION CAPTURED: GROENLAND GAMELODGE, Tolwe, Limpopo Province, South Africa
CAMERA: NIKON D50
Lens: 70-300mm F/4-5.6 D
Focal Length: 220mm
Digital Vari-Program: Sports
1/500 sec – F/5.3
Sensitivity: ISO 400
Nocturnal, erect-standing birds of prey characterized by large, rounded heads, large forward-facing eyes set in a flattened face and feathered legs (except for Pel’s Fishing Owl). Some have feathered adornments on their heads that resemble ears. Immature are usually darker and fluffier than adults.
THE GIANT or Verreaux’s Eagle Owl – Bubo lacteus
A large grey owl, immature is browner.
Told by pink eyelids and dark brown eyes at all ages. ‘Ear’ tufts not always raised.
Voice is a series of deep grunts ‘hu=hu=hu,hu-hu’; female and young utter a long drawn –out whistle that may be repeated all night.
Singly on large trees in bushveld and open savanna, especially along rivers and watercourses. 60-5 cm