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Eagle-Owl with prey – Wildlife Video with Sigma 150-600mm Sports


So late one afternoon this past March, we return to Skukuza camp in the Kruger National Park and stop on a bridge when we hear this repetitive, strange and haunting call and find a pair of Verreaux's Eagle-Owls squabbling over a dead baby monkey. After a good long look and a few photographs, we head on home.

The following morning I'm up early and out the gate at 0530 intending to go to Lake Panic to test out the video capabilities of my new Sigma 150-600mm f/5-6.3 DG OS HSM Sports lens paired with the Nikon D800. As it was still very dark, I decided to first drive out and back on the various roads from Skukuza with the hope of coming across a predator heading home after a nights work. The second road takes me past where we had seen the owls the previous evening, and lo and behold - the kieeeewa call still continues.

I spot the younger owl, fit the compact shotgun mic and start recording. The story is told in the attached video - my first upload to Vimeo. The spotted hyena sauntering past under the tree in which the owls were perched did happen by at that time! The stills early on in the video were from the evening before. Note the peculiar pink-red eyelids, which are diagnostic of these owls – enjoy…

My-apologies for the fixed video window size  - I'm still figuring out how to make this video responsive! Playing it full- screen ( Vimeo button) helps. Georg



I hope you gave enjoyed this rare sighting.

In the mean time have fun and remember to take care out there - it's lion country.
Kind regards
Georg Hofmeyr
April 2015; Pretoria
South Africa

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