Pearl-spotted Owlet
Glaucidium perlatum
The Pearl-spotted Owlet (Glaucidium perlatum), also simply called Pearl-spotted Owl by some authors, is widespread across the savannas of Africa. Like many members of this genus, this species is often active by daylight. It's unique whistled call is often heard in thorn scrub forest where the species can be quite common. The individual at right was photographed in Etosha National Park, Namibia, in October, 1998. The photos were taken with a Canon EOS 1N & EF 300mm F2.8L lens with a 1.4X extender. The camera and lens were braced on a beanbag from the open window of a vehicle. The film was Fuji Sensia 100. The night shot was at the same location and date.