Scientific Name: Asio capensis Afrikaans Name: Vlei-uil Zulu Name: umShwelele
This species can be seen quartering low over wetlands just before and after sunset, hunting for rats and mice. They roost on the ground and make a nest that is no more than a hollow amongst long grass or reeds. Their call is a harsh croaking noise that sounds more like a toad than an owl.
The Marsh Owls resident at the Sanctuary are called Mellow & Moth. A farmer was bailing hay and drove over a nest by mistake. He jumped off the tractor and picked up Mellow – the only surviving chick. Mellow was then raised by people, so consequently thinks she’s ‘a people’ and therefore can’t be released – this is called imprinting! Moth joined her three years later in 2006.