White-faced Scops-Owl
Otus leucotis
The White-faced Scops-Owl (Otus leucotis), also simply called White-faced Owl by some authors, is widespread across the savannas of Africa. It often nests in abandoned stick nests of small hawks, but will also use a nest hole in a tree as well. The first individual was photographed in Halali Camp, Etosha National Park, Namibia, in October, 1998. This bird was giving a rarely heard cat-like cry when photographed. The photos were taken with a Canon EOS 1N & EF 300mm F4L IS lens with a 1.4X extender and a 540 EZ flash on a Really Right Stuff flash bracket. The film was Fuji Sensia 100. The flash bracket elevated the flash high enough to avoid "red eye" which is often a problem when photographing owls. The camera and lens were hand-held on a BushHawk shoulder mount. The next shot shows another White-faced Owl at a day roost, also in Etosha National Park a few days later.