Observations of Powerful Owls, Dandenong Ranges near Melbourne

To: Laurie Living <>
Subject: Observations of Powerful Owls, Dandenong Ranges near Melbourne
From: Lawrie Conole <>
Date: Tue, 17 Jun 2003 09:33:05 +1000
Laurie Living wrote:

Now while this might seem like 'meals on wheels' brought right to the door, it seems that brushies are not as much of a treat as gliders or ring-tailed possums and I have seldom seen them in the clutches of daily roosting Powerful Owls. And perhaps the owl had just been satisfied with some better food [and sex] from the male. Any comment?

Hi Laurie

In the Brisbane Ranges west of Melbourne, Powerful Owls have been seen to grab the odd young Koala ("young on back" sized morsel). So I think brushies are well within the target culinary range, but no doubt something of a handful if not taken by surprise. The other matter is that brushies are known nestling/egg predators, so the owl may have been seeing off what it saw as a potential threat to its young - as opposed to lunch turned down!


Lawrie Conole
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