Sooty Owls

To: "Trevor Ford" <>
Subject: Sooty Owls
From: "Tony Russell" <>
Date: Fri, 7 Feb 2003 10:30:12 +1030
Bet you headed straight for Scoopies ?

Subject: Sooty Owls

> We emerged from our vehicle just after dark, having timed our arrival to
> perfection and, after only about 15 minutes of spotlighting, we were
> in our tracks by the sound of nearby chirruping trills of what was
> presumably a female Sooty Owl.  In hindsight, this may well have been a
> soliciting food from the nest site (or prospective nest site).  Try as we
> might we could not see a thing.  Then came a typical tyto screech from
> behind us.  We hurried back in the direction of the call to find a Sooty
> Owl, presumably a male, perched on an exposed branch at eye-level less
> 20 metres away.  He had caught some kind of rodent and continued to
> whilst we watched, totally mesmerised.  If that wasn't spectacle enough,
> were then treated to the female flying towards the male, flapping
> his perch and being given the prey.  She flew off with her gift and the
> screeched on.  After a few minutes the male retreated deeper into the
> forest, giving the famous 'bomb' whistle, and then carried on screeching.
> It now began to rain and things quietened, and as we made our way back to
> the car in afterglow, we reflected that we'd been privy to something very
> special.  Actually, something absolutely fantastic, exhilarating and
> never-to-be-forgotten!!
> I had to concentrate very hard in order to drive us home safely.
> Cheers - Trevor.

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