Pel's Fishing-owl


There are very few birds that bring more excitement when spotted by a birder for the first time than the Pel’s Fishing-owl (Scotopelia peli). You can sense the anticipation as you slowly and quietly approach a possible roosting spot trying your best to not step on any dry leaves or twigs that might alarm the birds while not taking your eyes of the roosting tree in case it takes off. We recently had the fortunate encounter with this individual on Impalila Island in the far Eastern Caprivi or Zambezi region of Namibia.

This very large ginger-coloured owl is between 60 and 64cm tall and can weight around 2.4kg with a streaked or spotted breast. Their most striking feature is their huge black eyes that stare down at you with a look of annoyance when you have found them at their day-time roost which is usually in a big, dense tree closer to the water. They are found throughout Sub-Saharan Africa but is patchily distributed as they are only found in Riverine Forest/Woodland around lakes or slow-moving rivers. The Pel’s Fishing-owl is always a highlight and big attraction on our Nature Travel Namibia’s Namibia, Caprivi, Botswana and Vic Falls Birding Safari

Namibia Safaris

Southern Africa with all its brilliant game parks and other tourist attractio...

read more
 

Africa

With years of experience guiding wildlife and birding safaris throughout Afri...

read more
 

Birding Africa & Beyond

Birding Africa & Beyond is the dedicated birding part of Nature Travel Af...

read more
 

Birding Namibia

Birding Namibia is the dedicated birding part of Nature Travel Namibia specia...

read more
2013 - 2017 ©. All rights reserved by Nature Travel Namibia

We do not
support
this version of
your browser!



For you to experience the site at it's full potential we kindly ask that you download one of the following browsers for the best possible experience. We appoligise for the inconvienance.