African Scops Owl {Otus senegalensis} by Maree  Clarkson

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This is a watercolour done on tea-stained Bockingford 300gsm – 24” x 16”

“A wise old owl sat on an oak;
The more he saw the less he spoke;
The less he spoke the more he heard;
Why aren’t we like that wise old bird?”

See my SATURDAY CHAT on Owls.

The African Scops Owl is a common, sometimes abundant, resident of Savannah woodland in South Africa. Scops Owls feed mostly on insects and spiders and breed in a tree cavity.

The Scops Owl is fully nocturnal and mostly insectivorous. It is a bird of scrub and bush territory, and often uses ground nest sites for breeding.

It is a small owl of only about 17cm and lays its 4-6 eggs in a tree cavity from April – June. Incubation about 27 days. Young fledge by about 30 days.

Its call is a soft croaking, frog-like “prrrup-prrrup”.

Detail of the feet

  1. 25/06/2010 – FEATURED in I Love Birds
  2. 11th September 2010 – FEATURED in Image Writing
  3. 25th September 2011 – FEATURED in Animals of Africa
  4. 28th September 2011 – FEATURED in The Birds
  5. 18th October 2011 – FEATURED in Art on Everyday Material
  6. 12th November 2011 – FEATURED in Only Owls
  7. 25th October 2012 – FEATURED in Breathtaking Wild Animals & Plants


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I am a watercolorist living on my little piece of African soil in Tarlton, Gauteng, South Africa. The inspiration for my art is the wonderfully rich variety of Fauna and Flora to be found throughout this beautiful country.
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  • Jim Phillips
    Jim Phillipsabout 3 years ago

    Love this very active position you’ve placed him in. I can say thanks to you this moring Maree, I’m just a bit smarter anyway. LOL

  • Aaah, aint that great Jim, that we’re never too old to learn! lol! Pleased you like this, thank you very much!

    – Maree Clarkson

  • Elizabeth Kendall
    Elizabeth Kendallabout 3 years ago

    Oh, how lovely!! We saw one in the Kruger, they are so cute!!

  • And you’re so lucky Liz! To spot one of these is so great! Thanks a lot, glad you like it!

    – Maree Clarkson

  • Heidi Mooney-Hill
    Heidi Mooney-Hillabout 3 years ago

    Wonderful artwork, you can see how alert the owl is watching his prey, and will snatch it in a second.
    Have a nice weekend Maree

  • Thanks a lot Heidi, lovely weekend to you too!

    – Maree Clarkson

  • lisameryl
    lisamerylabout 3 years ago

    Maree, BEAUTIFUL work….love the narrative…FASCINATING!!!

  • Oh thank you Lisa!I really appreciate your visits, so glad you like this one!

    – Maree Clarkson

  • Ann  Palframan
    Ann Palframanabout 3 years ago

    Such a gift to capture the motion as you have done here, Maree. Beautiful!

  • Thanks so much Ann!

    – Maree Clarkson

  • Magaret Meintjes
    Magaret Meintjesalmost 3 years ago

    Congratulations, this work has just been featured in the group Animals of Africa, Best of the best well done!

  • Wow, this is great Magriet, thank you for the feature, appreciate that!

    – Maree Clarkson

  • Elizabeth Kendall
    Elizabeth Kendallalmost 3 years ago

    Congrats with the feature in Animals of Africa Maree!!

  • Thanks a lot Liz!

    – Maree Clarkson

  • Wayne Wood
    Wayne Woodalmost 3 years ago

    Congratulations on having your image featured in the group “The Birds”.

  • Wow Wayne, this is really great! Thank you for the feature, much appreciated!

    – Maree Clarkson

  • AndreaEL
    AndreaELalmost 3 years ago

    Many CONGRATS…on your lovely feature Maree, wonderful work.

  • Thanks SO much Andrea!

    – Maree Clarkson

  • leunig
    leunigalmost 3 years ago

  • Thank you ever so much for the feature Leunig, this is really great!

    – Maree Clarkson

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