Nando is the Sanctuary’s largest flying owl, so named because she is particularly partial to chicken. Cape Eagle Owls (Bubo capensis capensis) are special because they are endemic only to southern Africa. She was bred at the Dullstroom Bird of Prey Centre in Mpumalanga. Every year the Dullstroom cape eagle-owl pair has one fertile egg and Nando was the 2003 egg! Similar to the more common spotted eagle-owl, the cape eagle-owl is larger, browner and has bright orange eyes.
She is the type of girl you’ll never forget. Although stroppy and opinionated, she is mostly ‘hot air’ and has been seen running for her life is she feels threatened by any other bird (including hadeda’s) who may enter her airspace.