Sooty Owl in Brisbane and tree clearing

Subject: Sooty Owl in Brisbane and tree clearing
From: Tony Russell <>
Date: Sat, 09 Sep 2000 10:14:39 +0900
How can anyone describe a Sooty as "tiny"?? 
Sooty's are cited by S&D as being F 48cm, M40cm, nearly half a metre high,
which makes for a BIG bird in my book. "Tiny grey" makes it sound more like
a female Mistletoebird. Are they sure they know what they have there? Maybe
it was the minister's mind they were referring to? 
The Sooty at Bunya Mt used to nearly fill the hollow inside the tree.

At 10:36  9/09/00 +1000, you wrote:
>Birding Aus's (especially Brisbanites)
>I have just read a press release from Env & Heritage Minister, Rod
>Welford, to coincide with National Threatened Species Day (yesterday)
>which states that a "Brisbane couple with a passion for wildlife had
>discovered the tiny, dark grey 'Sooty Owl'(sic) in their Brookfield
>Do any of you know who this couple might be???  Brookfield is not all
>that far as the owl flies from its known haunts around the mounts.  He
>went on to add "This is the first time this rare bird has been spotted
>in Brisbane", any comments one that one either???
>In the release, He also talks about the 're-discovery" of the Eastern
>Star Finch at lakefield by a group of Natursearch volunteers, the
>release of a new scientific review of the impacts of tree clearing
>titled Native Vegetation Management in Queensland: Background, Science
>and Values.  So something is being done.
>John Harris
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