Lawrie, I would have thought the appearance of a Powerful Owl in Northcote
(Vic) on Halloween was obvious. It was obviously delivering a letter to my son
about the Quidditch match between the Welsh Red Dragon's and the mighty All
53 ? 36!? There was definitely witchcraft involved!
In all seriousness, I haven't seen heard nor seen a Powerful Owl in my
immediate area. If it was an immature bird I?d suggest it was just been moving
through, but an adult may have a territory. Yarra Bend has the potential for a
pair - there's nesting Boobook for example, the closest pair to the city of
Melbourne. I reckon the first place to look for a roosting bird would
be in the big gums and pines near the Fairfield Boathouse. There's plenty of
possums and the Grey-headed Flying-fox about also.
Lawrie Conole wrote:
> Hi birders
> On Friday (Halloween) night I was in the car not far from home around
> dusk, going to pick up our 10yo witch from her friend's house. In
> Thomson Street, Northcote (inner Melbourne, Victoria - not far from the
> Yarra River corridor), I was somewhat surprised to see an adult Powerful
> Owl perched on top of a power pole in the suburban street. A second or
> so later it copped a whack on the head from one of the local Australian
> Magpies, and disappeared northwards, still under attack.
> Interesting Halloween record - and first so close to home of Powerful
> Owl for me! Even closer to Tim Dolby's house - so I wonder if he has
> anything to add????
> Cheers, Lawrie
> Lawrie Conole
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