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Best place to see a Pel's fishing owl?


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#1 Game Warden

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Posted 19 February 2014 - 07:20 AM

Have you seen one on safari? If so, where, when? Are there places known for regular sightings? Is seeing a Pel's high on your birding wishlist?


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Posted 19 February 2014 - 09:05 AM

I'm pretty sure you won't see one in Meru! :)

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Posted 19 February 2014 - 09:18 AM

Xigera, Okavango is a very good place for pel's fishing owl 


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Posted 19 February 2014 - 09:26 AM

I've seen a Pel's in South Luangwa on two occasions. First time in Nov 2010, and then in Nov 2012.

 

 

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Posted 19 February 2014 - 11:13 AM

@Paul T beat me to it - I have only ever seen one and it was in SLNP



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Posted 19 February 2014 - 11:16 AM

@Tdgraves Photo?


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Posted 19 February 2014 - 11:38 AM

not sure - it was our 2009 trip and during a night drive :(



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Posted 19 February 2014 - 11:41 AM

@twaffle It reported there was one on the river beside the Offbeat Meru camp, not that we saw it alas...


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Posted 19 February 2014 - 11:52 AM

I'm sure that seeing a Pel's fishing owl is high on almost everyone's list of dream birds that they've never seen before. I've been to SLNP twice and still haven't seen one. However, I'll be visiting there again.



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Posted 19 February 2014 - 12:11 PM

here you go, not the best pic in the world though...

 

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Posted 22 February 2014 - 10:09 AM

Saw a couple in Botswana, in Moremi, when visiting Mombo. Very good sightings, we were on foot, standing below his tree. Amazing birds.


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Posted 24 February 2014 - 02:42 PM

We saw one on a walk at kanana camp, and  like others saw first an adult and then a juvenile on a night drive whilst staying at Shenton safari's in SLNP-in the ebony grove forest in 2008-the guide knew we were keen if rubbish birders and we went to look for them-and heard one call-too excited for any decent photo's!



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Posted 25 February 2014 - 05:28 AM

We saw one in 2011 on almost every night drive when we were staying in South Luangwa at (I think) Kuyenda Camp.

 

We also saw one also in S. Luangwa on a walk in 2013 out of Tafika Camp.  He had a fish and was being dive bombed by an immature Martial eagle. I took a photo although it is not very good:

 

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Posted 25 February 2014 - 06:34 AM

Seeing a Pel's Fishing Owl is at the absolute top of my birding wishlist.

 

In Kenya, I understand that the Tana River is the only area with semi-reliable sightings, so it makes sense that there's a chance in Meru.  I'm guessing the sightings are more reliable as you head further south towards Hola and the Delta.  One day, I'll do it.



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Posted 25 February 2014 - 06:58 AM

@armchair bushman

I just saw this morning a Pel's picture posted by "Friends of Meru National Park" on FB.

As for me, like the others I saw them in the Okavango (Xigera) and in South Luangwa (Tena Tena), the latter sighting being particularly impressive.
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Posted 25 February 2014 - 07:12 AM

Oh wow.  yes I see that now.  I'd "liked" that page a long time ago, but their posts seem not to show up on my newsfeed any more.

 

Beautiful.



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Posted 25 February 2014 - 05:44 PM

It looks like South Luangwa is definitely a good place to see  Perl´s Fishing Owls ( at list for " safaritalkers" ). We where also lucky  to see one  juvenile during our stay at Kaingo . The only one in several trips .

 

I remember my guide Patrick said they get to see them quite often !  I also remember how he  appreciated  my excitement , he said so many people look  at them and do not even paye attention , just another  bird they say ??

 

It was nice how we where right under the branch looking at him  and he was also looking at us peacefully !!

 

 

 

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Posted 26 February 2014 - 03:07 AM

Saw one in the Okavango at night- cannot find the picture with the red spotlight.

 

Here is one with Verreaux's Eagle Owl, quite similar in size to the Perl's Fishing Owl and an avian apex predator, here with a decapitated rabbit.

 

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Posted 06 March 2014 - 09:21 AM

Pel's Fishing Owl was certainly a highlight for me.  I've seen a few now, but the best place has always been the lodges in the pan handle of the delta.

 

It has been years since I've last seen one.  Hoping to get one in the Caprivi this year.


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Posted 06 March 2014 - 09:42 AM

Xigera Camp in the Okavango is a well known place to see Pel's. I was there in April 2013 and didn't get a clear view but it was there and other guests saw it, I just saw some flapping as it flew away every time I tried to get a photo.


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