On my way back to the lodge on game drive last night we saw a stunning
Southern white-faced scops-owl [ptilopsis granti]
He was calling a soft but fast hooting doo-doo,doo-doo
We watched him for about 3min then he suddenly went straight
down to the ground and landed on a spotted bush snake
[philothamnus semivariegatus] around 50cm in length- suddenly a short but fast fight started.
The bush snake had his tail around the scops-owl”s neck, the owl
on his back fighting for his life. After a couple of seconds the owl got hold of the snake’s head and killed it by crushing it with its beak.
Almost the hunter became the hunted.
Story by: Richard Venter- River Lodge Ranger