Barking Owl breeding

Subject: Barking Owl breeding
From: Niven <>
Date: Sun, 02 Nov 2003 20:45:05 +0930
Hi all
went to check my staked out Barking Owls at a local school this morning and 
found that the young bird was out of the nest. Seemed quite grown up, still 
white and a bit fluffy on the underparts but nothing like the complete ball of 
fluff that I'm used to seeing in young Rufous Owls when they first leave the 
Perhaps this one had been out for a little while but remained hidden. Saw 
pair of Barking Owls at the Botanic Gardens, less than a minute's walk from the 
Rufous Owl. One was giving the other what looked like a relaxing head massage 
with its bill. I've been seeing a single Barking Owl in the same tree over a 
of a few weeks, so am wondering if this pair too is nesting. Generally Barking 
doesn't tend to stay in the same tree for extended periods of time, so there's 
to be something keeping them there.
Happy birding
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