The Pearl Spotted Owl (Glaucidium perlatum) is one of the world's smallest owls, weighing just 85g, and they occur throughout sub-Saharan Africa. We were very privileged to see a mother with two chicks in Botswana last week. These tiny owlets, about as big as your hand, feed on arthropods, insects, bats, small rodents and small birds. The female lays 2-4 eggs in a tree cavity, often an old woodpecker nest, and incubation lasts a month with the nestlings fledging in another month and becoming independent a few weeks later. This picture was shot hand-held with a Nikon D90 fitted with a Novoflex 640mm lens giving an effective 960mm focal length.