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Best place to see a Pel's fishing owl?


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#21 Orenx

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Posted 06 March 2014 - 12:54 PM

Xaro lodge in the Okavango panhandle. Magnificent place and one can hear them all night long!



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Posted 31 March 2014 - 05:55 AM

Mombo camp in Okavango Delta. i saw them 3x. once at night when i took a pix but it was bad lighting and bad angle. second time was when i was tracking a noisy bird outside my tent and saw it on a tree above my tent, but by the time i got my camera and came out, it was gone. but it was third time lucky when i saw a juvenile outside one of the other mombo tents during late morning hour. beautiful owls. :)

 

will look out for them in SLNP!



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Posted 20 May 2014 - 07:57 PM

I can also vouch for Pels in South Luangwa - both at Kaingo and at Mfuwe. Also quite numerous but not often seen on the Lufupa River in Kafue NP. Tanzania on Pangani River.

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Posted 21 May 2014 - 12:32 PM

I have seen Pels Fishing Owls in the Okavango. On a canoe trip from Ker & Downey's Kanana camp. The sighting has been pretty regular.


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Posted 23 May 2014 - 03:24 AM

Shakawe in the Okavango pan handle - there's a couple, including possibly a sub-adult, in the trees on the bank on the same side as the military base. Two sightings on different days in April 2014

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Posted 23 May 2014 - 06:45 AM

Here's the beauty
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Pel's Fishing Owl (Scotopelia peli) - viewed from beneath the trees

Sighted from -18.36083 21.84678 (18°21'39.0"S 021°50'48.4"E)
26 April 2014 12:08pm
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Nikon D4 + Nikkor 300/2.8 VR2
1/800sec f/4 300mm ISO 1600 EV+1.7
Delta Belle Houseboat, Okavango Delta Panhandle, Botswana
-18.34317 21.83603 (18°20'35.4"S 021°50'09.7"E)
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Posted 25 May 2014 - 12:08 PM

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

 

Sightings have been made along Tana and Rojeweru River but as it is mainly nocturnal and very few people looking for this (and no night game drives allowed) there are few observations.


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Posted 01 September 2014 - 01:29 PM

I saw 2 in the Okavango,

 

The first one in 1998, at Xugana, when it was managed by Ian (also called the Lion Man) & Kathleen Mc Coll ,no pictures

 

And the other one, in 2006, at Pom Pom.  Here is a picture :

 

PELS1.jpg

 

 


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Posted 16 October 2014 - 05:33 PM

Have not had much luck in SLNP, but many times in Okavango Delta, Xigera, Jacana, Kadizora, Kana Kara, most wet camp but especially towards the pan handle and in NG12. 

The Okavango Delta is the only place where their number are increasing.

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Posted 19 December 2015 - 05:06 PM

Terrific



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Posted 19 December 2015 - 05:16 PM

As @Treetops has already mentioned, having repeated heard them (it?) from our camp on the bank of the Lufupa River in the Kafue, we did see one whilst on a drive downstream one morning - no photo though


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Posted 21 February 2017 - 03:26 PM

Liwonde NP, Malawi.

 

Seen in May 2010.

It had a nest with a chick in a Baobab.

The guides in the Mvuu lodge did know the place.


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Posted 21 February 2017 - 04:29 PM

@Bush dog I'm dreaming that I'll finally see a Pel's Fishing Owl next year in South Luangawa, the Okavango Delta or perhaps Kafue. I need to write my list of dream birds because I have so many of them.



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Posted 23 February 2017 - 07:22 AM

@optig

 

I'm sure you will have some good opportunities and great chances to see one during your 54 days safari.



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Posted 23 February 2017 - 12:36 PM

Bua River Lodge, Nkhotakota have a (not stunningly good) photograph on their website - lets see if I'm lucky in June!


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Posted 24 February 2017 - 12:51 PM

@optig if it helps we saw 2 an adult and juvenile, on one night drive from mwamba bush camp in 2008 


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Posted 24 February 2017 - 01:44 PM

@Towleronsafari I've stayed twice at Mwamba Bush Camp which I loved,unfortunately I didn't see a single Pel's fishing owl. I need to write my own list of dream birds because I have even if I don't consider myself a twitcher.  I love watching birds as much as anyone.

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Posted 24 February 2017 - 08:03 PM

 

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

 

Sightings have been made along Tana and Rojeweru River but as it is mainly nocturnal and very few people looking for this (and no night game drives allowed) there are few observations.

 

 

Quite right @nhanq - I believe Sammy Mugo had one roosting in a tree on the Tana River in Meru NP a couple of years ago.


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Posted 27 February 2017 - 12:44 AM

We saw five--two different pairs and a fledgling--all in a single day at Xigera a couple of years ago! So that's got to be one of the top spots!

 

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Posted 07 March 2017 - 11:39 AM

 

 

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

 

Sightings have been made along Tana and Rojeweru River but as it is mainly nocturnal and very few people looking for this (and no night game drives allowed) there are few observations.

 

 

Quite right @nhanq - I believe Sammy Mugo had one roosting in a tree on the Tana River in Meru NP a couple of years ago.

 

 

Quite right @nhanq - I believe Sammy Mugo had one roosting in a tree on the Tana River in Meru NP a couple of years ago.

 

Still in Meru with more recent sightings reported from Elsa's Kopje, like in this interview with Born Free's Will Travers.

 

"Will’s ornithological knowledge is impressive. He points out flocks of red-billed quelea, red-necked francolins, Eurasian rollers, a Pel’s fishing owl

 

http://magazine.afri...ee-50-years-on/







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