Who doesn’t love a good owl? There are few families of birds where despite a cosmopolitan distribution I’m always so pleased to see any species of the family. owls aren’t rare, but they are seldom easy. I can spend months in some locations without seeing a single one, in fact in 10 years in New Zealand although I hear them on a monthly basis I have seen them precisely 3, yes three, times.
So imagine my delight to seeing a pair of African Scops-owls on the side of the road on a recent trip to Botswana. And I spotted them, not the guide, a near-first. This was only the second time I had ever seen this species in all my time on the continent. The species is a common one, found from the Gambia to Somalia and from the Sudan to South Africa. But they are hard to see, as you can see from my photographs.
Such a great sighting
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NOTE: I’ve been informed these may be Southern White-faced Owls by someone who knows birds better than I do. So, uh, they’re an owl, and I’d listen to them about their identity.