Owlets of the Kruger National Park…

The African Barred Owlet and the Pearl-Spotted Owlet are fairly common to the South-East areas of the park. Not easily spotted in summer, due to their natural camouflage, much easier in winter when the trees drop their leaves.

These small Owls, only 20cm (8 inches) in height, sit low in the trees for protection from their natural enemies, it being more difficult for them to surprise them from above. The Pearl- Spotted Owlet has what looks like two eyes on the back of its head, fooling an attacker that they are looking at them even if looking the opposite direction.

The African Barred Owlet is distinguished by the bars on its head, and the Pearl-spotted has the spotted head.

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19 thoughts on “Owlets of the Kruger National Park…

  1. Excellent pictures, on my recent Cornwall Coast Path walk a Tawny Owl flew just a few feet away from me in broad daylight (they are usually nocturnal). It was so unexpected there was no time for a photo, whereas your shots are obviously sharp, in focus and superb.

  2. gorgeous photos of this beautiful little owl! I feel like I am looking at a National Geographic site, they are THAT good bulldog!

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