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A daylight surprise...

Only 10 minutes into the park for our afternoon/evening drive, we found this magnificent giant of an owl, my first encounter with the species...

 

We spotted a pearl spotted owlet the night before, and after that sighting I jokingly said "all I need now is Pel's Fishing Owl to complete my shopping list".

 

Apparently the safari gods were listening...

 

From wikipedia: Pel's fishing owl is one of the largest owl species in the world. Among the world's owls, it ranks as the fifth heaviest on average, the seventh longest in length and measured wing chord and fourth longest in mean wingspan

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Taken on May 18, 2017