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Keagan Chasenski

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Keagan has always had a connection with wildlife, having been lucky enough to visit Londolozi as a child. After growing up in Johannesburg, he attended boarding school in the KwaZulu Natal Midlands where weekends were spent exploring the reserve and appreciating his surroundings. ...

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on Spotted Eagle Owl Nest

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Gawie Jordaan
Digital Tracker

Amazing Keagan! For me, when walking out in the African bush – it is about freedom and of course my senses coming alive! Finding a nest is special. It would been great tracking these owl’s progress! Eagerly awaiting the update.

Vin Beni
Guest contributor

Look forward to the continuation of this story! Great find!

Linda Polley
Explorer

So excited to see the Spotted Eagle Owl eggs and hopefully watch them hatch and grow. I had a close encounter with a Barred Owl last year and it took my breath away. So majestic! I will never forget it. Looking forward to my next trip to Londolozi with my granddaughter, Jordan in August 2023.

William Paynter
Master Tracker

Keagan, thanks you for sharing this new discovery. It is a privilege tone able to observe these owls as they expand their family and nurture their young. Can’t wait for the updates!

Chelsea Allard
Master Tracker

First, let me say that I love how you described leaving the vehicle as becoming a participant and no longer just an observer. I felt that same way during our coffee breaks on game drive, even when not venturing that far from the vehicle. I was very alert. I imagine a bush walk would be exhilarating, just due to the heightened awarenesss necessary.

Secondly, how exciting you found this nest! I hope they are successful and continue to nest here so more data points can be mapped about this pair and their behavior over many years. I loved following along with the jacana.

Valmai Vorster
Master Tracker

You were so lucky to see the adults fly off the nest, other wise you would not of known that they were there. They blend in so well with nature and sometimes it is hard to spot them. We had a pair of Spotted Eagle Owls in our yard and my husband Google to see what kind of nest they will breed in. He then made a box out of wood according to the specifications and hoisted it up in the tree. We waited patiently and at last they breed and 3 chick’s hatched out in the box. So so precious and the mother was quite tame and I would call her and watch how she feeds the chick’s. One day she came and sat quite near to our back door on the pole that we used for our grape vine, and it was drizzling outside. The chick’s used to fly out the tree over our wall and into the grassland behind us waiting for the parents to feed them. Next morning they are back again in the box in the tree.

Denise Vouri
Guest contributor

Fantastic news Keagan! Walking in the bush can bring many surprises, especially when you discover the beginnings of new life, in your case, finding Spotted Eagle Owl eggs. I’ll be looking forward to updated reports on how incubation is progressing, and to the end excitement of seeing the fluffy little owlets caught by your cameras.

Rob Shanahan
Guest contributor

So great! Will be nice to follow the baby owl’s progress. I remember the wonderful bush walks with Nick and Joy, sensory overload! Miss it badly…

Anita Santoro
Senior Digital Ranger

Doesn’t look like much of a nest! How do they contain the young once hatched? Or even the eggs from rolling away?

Christa Blessing
Master Tracker

What an exciting discovery!
I am looking forward to hearing more about the breeding success of this couple and to seeing a photo of the chicks when they have hatched. Will the parents care for both chicks, or is one egg only a “spare” one?

Paul Canales
Master Tracker

Very very cool Keagan! Really looking forward to further posts as this story develops, and rooting for this family of eagle owls!!

Mary Beth Wheeler
Guest contributor

What an exciting discovery, Keagan! I’m looking forward to the next chapters in this story!

Kylea Potvin
Explorer

This is really exciting! I’m looking forward to the updates and watching the family evolve!

Kara Taylor
Master Tracker

So exciting and can’t wait for the updated on the chicks!

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