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Pearl Spotted Owl

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.


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Comment by JENNY MALKOTSI on January 15, 2012 at 10:44pm

excellent work here Bruce!

Comment by paul holmes on January 7, 2012 at 2:10am

spot on focus bruce great

Comment by chris pearce on January 6, 2012 at 1:15am

what a beauty and a privilege to see for sure ... thanx for the info ... great capture :0)

Comment by Bruce on January 5, 2012 at 5:34pm

Thanks everyone for your comments - much appreciated!

Comment by Donna Jean Greenmeyer on January 5, 2012 at 10:25am

Cool POV.  Nice detail and texture in the owl and tree.

Comment by John Keith Sutherland on January 5, 2012 at 3:14am

Wonderful colours & detail in this awesome close-up Bruce, a fav:)

Comment by Bear on January 5, 2012 at 2:10am

This is a fantastic photograph and deserves an award. Beautiful crisp details. Just great.

Comment by Graham Janes on January 5, 2012 at 2:03am

Love the eye's Bruce,excellent in full size,great shot...

Comment by maestro vecchio on January 5, 2012 at 1:52am
very nice
Comment by hilda murray on January 5, 2012 at 12:31am

lovely owl and a superb capture

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