Barking Owl on Magnetic Is

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Subject: Barking Owl on Magnetic Is
From: "Dicksons" <>
Date: Sat, 17 Aug 2002 13:25:26 +1000
Back in April this year I saw a Barking Owl on Magnetic Island (off Townsville). I didn't think anything more of it until today, when I was browsing through Jo Wieneke's great little book, 'Birds of Magnetic Island' & discovered that it had not, in fact, ever been seen there before. Of course that was several years ago. I would be interested to know if any other locals (or others) had seen the species on Maggie before or since.
The specifics of the sighting were:
Date: 2/4/02
Time: 9:30am
Location: West Point Road
The Barking Owl was first seen flying into thick foliage beside the road & then flew out across the road in front of me to a exposed branch of a eucalypt, where it gave superb views. It stayed there for 5 or 10 minutes, still there when I moved on. I thought it was strangly active for mid morning.
Tim Dickson
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