The Cape Eagle Owl and the Spotted Eagle Owl are very similar and easily confused. Previously i posted photos of the Spotted Eagle Owls nesting in Kirstenbosch while the above photos are of the Cape Eagle Owl. The two species differ in the colour of their eyes and also by the pattern of barring on their chests. Their calls are different too, and for a while we were privileged to have a pair of Spotted Eagle Owls calling near our garden. It set a haunting tone to the night chorus: a gentle and evocative call, the male’s deep hoo-huuuu, followed by female’s huu-ho-huuu’. Meanwhile i worried over the striped field mice landing up on the dinner menu!