Bird Weekly – Photo Challenge – Owls

Spotted Eagle owl

The spotted eagle-owl is a medium-sized species of owl, one of the smallest of the eagle owls. Its length is 45 centimetres and its weight is from 454 to 907 grams. It has a 100 to 140 centimetres wingspan. The facial disk is off white to pale ochre and the eyes are yellow.

 Bubo africanus; also known as the African spotted eagleowl and the African eagleowl
Gevlekte ooruil (Afr.); ifubesi, isihulu-hulu (Xhosa); isiKhovampondo (Zulu); 
makhohlo, morubisi, sehihi, sephooko (SouthSotho); sikhova (Swazi); xiyinha (Tsonga); 
makgotlwêmophoêmorubise (Tswana).

The Spotted Eagle-Owl is the most common owl in southern Africa and is often spotted in Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden. This nocturnal bird of prey lives and breeds in a variety of habitats, including alongside people in their cities and towns.

Photos taken by Jenny Cole


FOTD : Wildflowers #19

IMG-20200906-WA0098Photos : Tino de Monte


Sometimes known as the Bugle Lily, the Watsonia is from the Iridaceae family and boasts more than 50 accepted species within the borders of South Africa alone. It is no wonder that the Watsonia has been given its common name, as the flower has a distinctly bugle (or trumpet) shape to it.

The flower of the Watsonia can be pink, orange, white, or a pink-orange. IMG-20200906-WA0096



Cee’s FOTD